HOW EFFECTIVE would be the government order (GO) providing teeth to SHOs/SOs and traffic sub-inspectors (TSIs) regarding realisation of the penalty amount on-the-spot?
Earlier, only a CO or an official above the rank had the authority to realise penalty from the violator.
HT Lucknow Live talked to a few TSIs and police station in-charges in this regard to get weird replies. Majority of them find it difficult to realise amount of the penalty immediately and accepted that it would led to the rise in extortion from the offenders.
Meanwhile, SP (traffic) Onkar Singh said the GO would help creating awareness among the vehicle owners to comply with the traffic rules as none would like to be fined every other hour in a day. Besides, Singh said, the government took initiative in this regard just to make the traffic system as effective as prevailing in metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Banglore.
Singh further said that it would take at least a week to make the order effective as they were now waiting for the circular from the DGP Headquarter regarding the GO and the receipt-books with new format.
Those caught violating norms like jumping the traffic signals, driving without helmet, seatbelt and listening music on walk-man with earphones attached would have to pay the penalty amount immediately to the official concerned, the SP (Traffic) said. On the other hand, traffic sub-inspectors (TSIs) and SHOs said earlier they used to issue challan and forward it to the concerned CO’s office for action.
When merely slapping challan had been a tough job, realizing the amount on-the-spot would be more troublesome, the cops said. Besides, they said, the senior officials too would take them to task if they (the lower rung cops) did not show rise in number of challans and realization of the penalty amount.
Moreover, SP (Traffic) Onkar Singh said traffic policemen and local police stations already were carrying out vehicle-checking drive rigorously. But, the government order gave a boost to the campaign and the policemen would enforce it more promptly now.
Singh further said DGP Bua Singh was more concerned on making people aware about the traffic rules by initiating action against the offenders. The DGP’s circular sent to the traffic police and police stations clearly stated that each and every person driving two-wheelers should wear helmet. The directives are to enforce the order strictly.