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You don’t have to pay traffic fines in Kolkata from today

Kolkata Police move follows cash crisis.

kolkata Updated: Nov 20, 2016 12:53 IST
Soumen Datta
Soumen Datta
Hindustan Times
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Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar took the decision. However, serious traffic offences will not be let off.(HT Photo)

From today, you don’t have to pay fines for minor traffic violations. The decision was been taken by Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar following the cash crunch after the demonetisation of the Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has been in the forefront of protest against the decision of the Modi government, arguing that people should not be inconvenienced by the Centre’s sudden move.

Read: Cash Crunch: Soon, you can swipe cards to pay traffic fines in Kolkata

She has gone around Delhi and Kolkata and spoken to people at banks and ATMs and has also asked her party MPs to demonstrate outside the Parliament against the Prime Minister’s decision. Incidentally, Mamata Banerjee is also in charge of the state home department.

However, several police supers of the districts, including neighbouring Howrah, told HT on Saturday night that they haven’t received any such instruction from the government.

But the waiver of traffic fines would not include serious cases that fall under the IPC.

Read: Policing the police, Kolkata traffic sergeants get body cameras

So, from Sunday, if you jump a red light or go around in your two-wheeler without a helmet, you need not bother about paying fines. But you could be cautioned and counselled, said a senior police officer, adding, “We will just educate the people.”

Another senior cop told HT, “From Sunday, we will begin a form of Gandhigiri with those caught without helmet, driving without valid papers, driving without insurance and driving license, signal violation, rash driving, parking at no parking zones and driving without seat belt.”

First Published: Nov 20, 2016 12:53 IST