Traffic police target erring embassy cars
Vehicles of different embassies in the national capital are on the traffic police's radar. The police have removed tinted films from as many as 59 embassy vehicles in three days.delhi Updated: Jun 01, 2012 23:32 IST
Vehicles of different embassies in the national capital are on the traffic police's radar. The police have removed tinted films from as many as 59 embassy vehicles in three days.
The traffic department on Tuesday posted two special teams — one at Shanti Path at Chanakyapuri and the other at Khan Market.
Embassy vehicles are frequently seen at these two places.
But only Indian drivers are being challaned and those with diplomatic immunity have been spared.
“When we had noticed that embassy vehicles were not complying with court orders, we started prosecuting them. Of 59 vehicles, 30 had diplomatic immunity and they were not fined. Our men just stopped them and removed the dark films,” said Garg.
The police prosecuted drivers of 29 vehicles driven by Indian nationals.
“People with diplomatic immunity are exempted from being prosecuted for any kind of traffic norm violations. They can be prosecuted by their respective countries only," Garg explained.
KK Kapila, chairman of International Road Federation (IRF), pointed out: “Those who violate road norms should be prosecuted. But there are certain procedures to be followed to prosecute people with diplomatic immunity.”
On Tuesday, before initiating the drive, the police sensitised all embassies and gave them a few hours to remove the films. Many drivers told the traffic police that they were not aware about the court orders.
"The drive had a big impact. Now our men hardly find any embassy vehicle with tinted glasses," a senior police officer said. "But our checks will continue."
Of 59 violating vehicles, 47 were caught at Shanti Path while 12 at Khan Market.