Two days after the traffic police started its drive against fancy and illegible number plates, the department’s official Facebook page was buzzing with photographs of vehicles with symbols of political party symbols on their number plates.
Citizens, who wanted to draw the police’s attention towards how politicians’ cars violate these rules, posted these photographs and comments.
The traffic police had on Sunday posted a message on their official page on Facebook urging drivers to change their fancy number plates to the standard format prescribed in the Regional Transport Office guidelines.
“We will keep reminding the drivers on Facebook so that they can save themselves from being fined,” said a traffic police officer requesting anonymity.
Several citizens, in response, posted comments urging the traffic police to take action against members of political parties who get away despite flaunting fancy number plates.
Most of the photos on Facebook were of vehicles flaunting fancy number plates with the logo of a political party belonged to the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). “We have not given directions on behalf of the party to display fancy number plates with the party symbol. The party’s members are doing it themselves,” said MNS legislator and spokesperson Nitin Sardesai.
Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Brijesh Singh said the department has noted details about all the number plates posted on the web page and will penalise all of them.
“During this drive, we have fined many political party workers, who have fancy number plates showing their party symbols. We will continue to do so,” Singh said. A police officer posted in the traffic department said many politicians opt for special numbers and then write them using fancy fonts that are impossible to read.
“These number plates are often written this way to indicate their parties so that we cannot stop them,” the officer said.
The traffic police had penalised more than 644 drivers until Monday evening. The offenders have been fined Rs 100 under the provisions in the Motor Vehicles Act. Heavy rain, however, slowed the drive down. “We could not make too many cases due to heavy rainfall throughout the day,” said Singh.
Last week, when the traffic police’s Facebook page was launched, some citizens created another site and posted photographs of policemen violating traffic rules, causing the department major embarrassment.