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Over 4,000 fined on Day 2 of Delhi's traffic drive

Delhi Police continues its drive against traffic violations for the second day, collecting heavy fines from over 4,000 reckless drivers.

delhi Updated: Apr 10, 2007 21:08 IST

Delhi Police continued its drive against traffic violations for the second day on Tuesday, collecting heavy fines from over 4,000 reckless drivers.

By afternoon at least 4,414 traffic offenders were punished and a sum of Rs 1.8 million collected in fines. Traffic cops also punched 1,128 driving licences and 185 vehicles were impounded, a report issued by Delhi traffic police said.

On Monday, 7,381 traffic violators were punished and a record Rs 3 million was collected in fines, the report said. At least 1,457 driving licences were punched and 445 vehicles were impounded on day one.

According to the new rules, if a licence is punched five times, it stands cancelled.

"In the coming days, we will be intensifying the drive action against traffic violators. Motorists are advised to adhere to the traffic laws and rules to avoid prosecution and inconvenience," Joint Commissioner of Police Qamar Ahmed said.

"It is difficult to stop traffic violations on the city's roads in a short time, people need time to follow the new laws," he added.

The traffic police booked errant drivers for committing offences like using mobile phones while driving, speeding, rash driving as well as sporting tinted glasses on windows of four-wheelers, pressure horns and having unauthorised top lights and bonnet lights.

Traffic cops, who could be spotted at all leading traffic signals and crossroads under the scorching sun, caught every vehicle that jumped the red signal and every car with tinted glasses.

"There are around one million cars in the city with tinted glasses, so we have to mount pressure on the errant drives as per the new high court directions," Deputy Commissioner of Police HPS Virk said.

Following the Delhi High Court's directions, the minimum fine for traffic offences has been increased from Rs 100 to Rs 600 by adding Rs 500 as compounding fee.

According to the court directions, drivers of private city buses as well as Delhi Transport Corporations (DTC) buses will be required to wear uniforms and badges with their names on them. Barring the driver and a conductor, no other bus staff would be allowed.

"At least 217 blueline bus drivers, four of DTC and 38 others, were prosecuted on Monday for not wearing uniforms and badges," Virk said.

"Since Monday, we have removed black films from at least 3,381 cars at various crossings," he added.

At least 2,000 traffic cops were deployed at 80 locations to carry out the court's orders.

First Published: Apr 10, 2007 21:06 IST