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Motorists in Uttarakhand’s Rudrapur prefer to pay fine rather than follow rules

Most of the motorists in Udham Singh Nagar’s Rudrapur, prefer to pay a fine rather than follow traffic rules, data with the city patrol unit, has revealed

dehradun Updated: Feb 18, 2018 21:52 IST
Mohan Rajput
Mohan Rajput
Hindustan Times, Rudrapur
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A city patrol unit personnel in Uttarakhand’s Rudrapur checking a two-wheeler rider without a helmet. (HT File Photo.)

Most of the motorists in Udham Singh Nagar’s Rudrapur, prefer to pay a fine rather than follow traffic rules, data with the city patrol unit, has revealed.

City traffic police data show that more than one lakh vehicles owners have been fined for violation of the Motor Vehicle Act, in the last 16 months.

Most of the people who were penalized were not wearing helmet, the figures show.

The city patrol unit was launched in October 2016 to streamline the city traffic and avoid accidents.

Though the traffic system in the city has improved but a large number of vehicle owner, including four-wheeler and two-wheelers, instead of following the motor vehicle act, prefer to pay fine imposed by the city patrol unit (CPU), data collected between November 2016 and February 15, 2018, has revealed.

A total 104,891 vehicle owners have been fined for not following traffic rules, the figures show.

This apart, the CPU has seized 1,866 vehicles and collected ₹1.36 crore in fines during the period from motorists.

In the beginning, only 5% to 10% two-wheeler riders used to wear helmet when the unit was launched, said Himanshu Pant, in-charge of the CPU.

Most of the two-wheeler riders prefer paying fine rather than wear helmet, he said.

“Motorists who are fined, use their political connections, whenever they are caught without helmet and try to go scot-free. Now, due to the action of the unit, two-wheeler riders have developed the habit of wearing helmet to avoid paying fine.”

Udham Singh Nagar senior superintendent of police Sadanand Date said he has instructed the Kotwali police in Rudrapur, to conduct regular checks and not to depend only on the CPU for implemeneting traffic rules.

There is heavy flow of traffic in the district due to factories situated in the integrated industrial estate and the police are trying to improve the traffic system in the other parts of the district too, to prevent road accidents, he said.

Following the strict implementing of traffic rules by the police, two-wheeler riders have started wearing helmets, said Susheel Batra, a local businessman.

“Vehicle owners too are keeping the relevant documents with them and the flow of traffic has improved because of the CPU, but checking is conducted only on the national highway and outer roads of the city,” he said.

“Checking must be conducted in the markets and the housing colonies too, where people speeding two-wheelers are a common sight.”

First Published: Feb 18, 2018 21:52 IST