Parking offenders in the city are forced to shell out more than the prescribed fine to release their towed vehicles due to a lack of well-equipped towing vans with the traffic department. The department has two vans of its own but five others are on a private contract.
If a vehicle is towed away by an official van, the offender has to pay a fine of ₹300 but in case of a private van the fine is ₹600 for two-wheelers and ₹950 for three-wheelers and four- wheelers.
“Of the ₹600 charged for two-wheelers, ₹300 goes to the traffic department and the remaining amount goes to the private contractor. Of the ₹950 charged for three-wheelers and four-wheelers, ₹300 goes into the government account and the remaining ₹650 goes to the private contractor,” said additional deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Dhruv Dhaiya.
Interestingly, the government tow vans are not equipped with modern technology to lift three-wheelers and four-wheelers. They can only tow away two-wheelers. Dahiya said private tow vans were fitted with hydraulic machines to lift cars which were safer. “If the vehicles towed away by private vans get damaged, the private contractor will have to reimburse the owner,” he added.
More tow vans needed to curb wrong parking
Dahiya further said wrong parking was one of the major causes of traffic congestion on roads. With time, even the numbers of vehicles were increasing in the city and so more government as well as private vans were required to tow away vehicles to curtail wrong parking, he added.
BLURB: Government vans only equipped to tow away two-wheelers; private vans fitted with modern technology to lift three-wheelers and four-wheelers