Acting on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court, the municipal corporation (MC) has framed bylaws for cyclists. However, the policy is expected to be notified by January.
As per the civic body’s rough estimate, around 1 lakh people use bicycles every day.
Speaking to HT, MC commissioner B Purushartha on Monday said, “We are in the final stage of framing guidelines, and the policy is likely to be implemented by January end.”
The bylaws, which are yet to be notified, state children below the age of 10 will not be permitted to ride bicycles on the city roads. Cyclists jumping traffic light; those not following cycle tracks; and those indulging in other traffic-related violations would be fined up to Rs 300 for the first time, Rs 400 for the second violation and `500, if caught, for the third time.
The issue was brought to the notice of the HC during a hearing on traffic-related issues of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh on July 3, wherein UT senior superintendent of police, traffic and security, Maneesh Chaudhry, had stated jumping of traffic light by cyclists put lives of both cyclists and motorists to risk. In the absence of any provisions in the Motor Vehicle Act, 1989, the police could not take action against these violators, he had stated. In its order, the high court had then asked the authorities concerned to frame bylaws.
The cycles would be governed under Chandigarh Cycle, Rickshaws and Loading Rehri (Regulation and Control) bylaws, 2013. It has also been proposed that a cop above the rank of a head constable would be authorised by the MC to impound the cycle. The impounded cycles, if not claimed within 30 days, would be scrapped.
MC FAILS TO IMPLEMENT BYLAWS FOR CYCLE-RICKSHAWS
In October 2013, the MC had framed fresh bylaws for the operation of over 12,000 cycle-rickshaws in the city and loading rehris under the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, 1976, extended to Chandigarh. It had authorised a police official above the rank of a head constable to regulate plying of rickshaws while managing traffic on the road. The bylaws also stated rickshaws should be plied on separate tracks, wherever provided, but the MC House had not agreed to it. However, only 10 rickshaws have been fined by the authorities in the past over two years.
No child below the age of 10 to be allowed to ride a cycle on the city roads
Similar to cycle-rickshaws, no licence required for cyclists
Impounded cycles, if not claimed within 30 days, will be scrapped
A cycle should be equipped with a bell, reflector, and rear view mirrors on the handle