A special enforcement drive to curb traffic violations had reaped huge dividends for the traffic police in Gurgaon. As of December, the department has collected over ₹5 crore in fines from erring drivers.
The drive began on August 17 to improve the traffic conditions by reducing congestion on city roads. As many as 2.23 lakh vehicle owners were penalised for various violations, a police officer said. This includes nearly 19,000 for wrong parking, 11,000 for wrong side driving and 3,700 other for driving on ‘no-entry’ lanes, he said.
“So far, we have penalised 5,200 people and recovered ₹ 5.2 crore from them as fine during the drive. An enhanced enforcement also serves as a deterrent,” said Y Puran Kumar, joint commissioner of police.
As many as 8,700 vehicles were towed away and another 7,700 impounded during the drive, he said.
Of this, ₹2 crore was collected from August 17 till October 2 and another ₹ 3 Crore till this week, Kumar said.
Those penalised included drivers of autorickshaws, taxis and other vehicles. Those caught not wearing seat belts and indulging in drink driving were also fined.
The checks were carried out mainly on MG Road, Cyber City, Huda City Centre and other metro stations, Sohna Road, Old Delhi Road, among other areas of the city.
These regular drives were started after monsoon rains triggered miles-long snarls on Gurgaon roads, including the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway.
Pertinently, the scrapping of old currency notes has affected the drive as well. The extent of the exercise and fine collection have reduced following November 8, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the demonetisation.
On a given day before demonetisation, the traffic department used to issue 2,500 challans across the city. Post demonetisation, that figure has reduced to 1,000 a day.
After November 8, a majority of fines imposed are paid later at the traffic office and the documents confiscated by police personnel released.
The traffic police, like other departments, are also switching to cashless modes of payments and have promised to give up cash-based transactions by next month.
The department has provided card swipe machines to on-duty personnel to recover fines from violators on the spot. It has also started the process of purchasing point of sale machines for the challan branch at Traffic Tower in Sushant Lok.