Cocking a snook at the traffic rules, city residents have been violating norms with impunity, which is evident from the increasing number of challans issued. As many as one lakh challans have been issued under the Motor Vehicle Act in first five months of the year across the city.
As per the data provided by the traffic police department, a total of 99,838 challans have been issued under 37 categories encompassing various offences from January 1 till May 31, and a fine of Rs 68.33 lakh was imposed on violators.
In 2015, a fine of Rs 67.76 lakh was collected against challans in the same period, which depicts an increase of over Rs 57,050 in the fine imposed.
A total of 40,720 challans were issued for not wearing helmet followed by 11,776 for driving without driving licence and 8,713 challans were issued for wrong parking.
Besides, 7,041 were fined for driving without seat belts, 4,936 for jumping red light and 4,851 for speeding.
Additional deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Rattan Singh Brar said, “Although there is some decline in number of violations as a result of the awareness drives conducted by the department, but the percentage of habitual offenders remains high.”
“Our education cell has organised many awareness seminars in schools and colleges. Even we have installed many hoardings at prime locations of the city, but we have observed that still many riders ride two-wheelers without wearing helmet or indulge in speeding,” he added.
Brar said, “Many riders carry helmets, but they don’t wear it. Usually they hang it with the handle and when they see cops standing ahead, they immediately wear it.”
“Wearing helmet will only keep you safe not us,” he asserted.
“However, regular speed measurement has seen improvement, especially on the stretch between Chungi and Sidhwa Bridge on Ferozepur Road,” he claimed.