Beware the next time you park your car anywhere you fancy. Chances are the traffic police will fix clamps on your car and fine you for it.
On Monday, Armed with 20 brand new clamps, the traffic police launched a drive to check illegal/unauthorised parking of vehicles in no-parking zones.
Officials say, the drive assumes significance considering the unauthorized parkings at crowded places like the mini-secretariat, markets, malls etc.
The drive yielded results on the first day itself. “We clamped 35 vehicles on Monday in the mini-secretariat area in Sector 12,” ACP Traffic Raj Kumar said, adding, “The vehicles were declamped after the violator paid Rs 100 fine.” “We will take the drive to Sector 15 market in the evening,” he said. He also said, “These two places—Sector 12 and Sector 15—are being taken up as a pilot project and the drive will soon be ectended to other parts of the city as well.”
When the vehicle is clamped, the cops paste a warning on its windows. The warning reads: “This vehicle has been clamped for unauthorized parking. Do not move the vehicle as moving it without removing the clamp will puncture the tyre and cause other damage for which the owner is solely responsible.”
The warning also advises the driver/owner to pay a fine of Rs 100. But, for that he/she will have to contact the concerned police officer (mobile number given on the warning sheet).
“On receiving a call from the driver/owner of a clamped vehicle, the staff declamp the wheel only after the fine of Rs 100 is paid against the challan,” ACP Traffic said. He added, “Traffic officials will wait for 30-45 minutes after clamping the vehicle. After that, the vehicle will be towed away.”