The traffic police will soon introduce the Red Light Speed Check Enforcement System in the city, which will detect your traffic rule violation even if you think no one is watching.
If you think you’ve managed to escape a cop without paying a fine, watch out for the challan showing up in your daily post.
Among other things, this system of traffic management, also known as the ‘Intelligent Traffic Management System’, takes pictures of violators while they break the rules.
Mumbai Traffic Police officers said they have made teams, which travel to cities such as Delhi, Bangalore and Ahmedabad to study various aspects of how traffic is managed in those cities.
“We have been studying the traffic management systems of these cities and examining the possibility of its implementation in Mumbai,” said Brijesh Singh, additional commissioner of police, (Traffic).
“We visited Delhi to study how they handled traffic during the Commonwealth Games while in Bangalore we studied how they implemented the Intelligent Traffic Management System,” said an officer on the condition of anonymity, because he is not authorised to speak to the media.
The police said the Delhi traffic police have six Road Disaster Management Vehicles while Mumbai has none. Delhi also has 15 Red Light and Speed Check Violation Enforcement Systems, while the city is yet to implement any. However, there are several roadblocks leading to delays in the implementation of any of these systems.
According to a recent affidavit submitted before the Bombay high court, on behalf of the joint commissioner of police (Traffic), Vivek Phansalkar, the biggest hurdle is that the data of registered vehicles is not in a digitised form.
According to the affidavit, the police submitted a request to the transport commissioner of Maharashtra, Dilip Jadhav, to give them the digitised data, however, no action has been taken yet. The affidavit also states that “the correctness of the data is questionable” which will lead to faulty implementation of the system. Jadhav was unavailable for a comment.