Delhi traffic police’s newly formed special task force has done the needful. It has prosecuted a whopping 1,560 vehicles, mostly commercial and transport, in just 25 days.
The special task force (STF) became functional on March 25 and since then, has focused its attention on no-entry violations, Supreme Court guideline violations, permit violations and on those driving without licences.According to the traffic police, the number of vehicles prosecuted for serious violations is about four times the normal number. Of the 1,560 vehicles, 236 are heavy goods vehicles, 224 are medium goods vehicles and 242 are light goods vehicles. There are also 565 TSRs, 79 Gramin Sevas and 214 other vehicles.
“We had not been able to control these violations so far, primarily due to a collusion between commercial vehicles and traffic men on duty. But in the past one month, STF has successfully curbed violations by mercilessly prosecuting and impounding the violating vehicles,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
“Special powers have been given to the force to fine traffic violators under Motor Vehicle Act 115 and also to suspend permits or impound vehicles,” Garg added.
The STF has 10 teams for 10 districts. Each team consists of 10 well-trained zonal officers, 10 head constables and an inspector. Some of the areas where STF teams have been deployed include the BRT corridor at Chirag Delhi and Mool Chand flyover, Nizamuddin at NH-24, Gol Dak Khana, Britannia Crossing at Ring Road, Escort Hospital at Jamia Road, NH-24 near Akshardham temple and Outer Ring Road near Mukarba Chowk, among others.
“Intensified traffic management in Delhi though has brought much relief. These are the areas where general traffic policing had failed to curb violations,” said an officer of Delhi traffic police.