In order to bring down the number of road fatalities, the traffic police have started taking action against speeding commercial vehicles.
From Friday, traffic police have pressed their men with 10 interceptors at different locations to check the speed of these vehicles and prosecute the violators besides suspending the permits of defaulters for at least 30 days.
They have found that many of the DTC buses and other commercial vehicles with state or all- India permits are plying on the city roads either without any speed governors or with tampered ones.
As per the Supreme Court guidelines, they can ply on the roads at a maximum speed of 40 km per hour. Speed governors do not allow them to accelerate the buses beyond the speed limit of 40 km per hour.
“We have now shifted our focus from private cars to buses as they cause more road accidents to a large extent. The 10 interceptors to nab speeding cars, will now target the buses, many of which are plying with tempered speed governors,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
An interceptor is a gadget that takes photograph of a speeding vehicle and also register the speed at which the vehicle is plying. On the first day of the drive against speeding buses and commercial vehicles, the traffic police have prosecuted a total of 43 vehicles, including 23 light- goods vehicles, 15 heavy transport vehicles and five buses. “The drive will continue till we get a respite from the problem. Violators are slapped with a fine of R2,000. We also suspend the permits of the vehicles for at least 30 days,” he said.