The city traffic police are all set to get 20 new tow trucks to crack down on illegal parking in the city. At present, the traffic police seven small trucks to tow vehicles. These new trucks will replace the old fleet operating in the city.
Recently, the traffic police had sent a list detailing the requirement of 10 big and small trucks each after the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) had asked them to do so.
The vehicles will help the traffic police take swift action against wrongly-parked automobiles in Gurgaon.
An improved fleet of such trucks will discourage random parking on the roads as it leads to congestion at busy intersections across the city.
Earlier, the traffic police complained of not having sufficient tow trucks to carry bigger cars. With this initiative, the concerned officials will now be able to tow all types of vehicles and deter repeat offenders, said a senior traffic police official.
“We need better traffic management. Earlier, people used to allege that we target only light motor vehicles such as cars, bikes and ignore bigger cars, SUVs and other heavy vehicles deliberately. They were, however, not aware of the fact that we had limited resources and were not well-equipped,” said an official.
Meanwhile, the city police has instructed the seven private tow trucks contractors operating in the city to strictly follow the guidelines. Recently, as reported in Hindustan Times after complaints from residents, most operators were found to have violated norms.
“If the contractors don’t have a traffic constable with them, it will amount to violation of rules. We will take strict action against them and, if necessary, will recommend cancelling their contract,” said Bharti Arora, DCP (traffic).