State should draw inspiration from US to curb traffic violations: HC
The court said the state should draw inspiration the US, Singapore “ who impose hefty fines on traffic violators and where, every infraction is linked to andmumbai Updated: Oct 03, 2016 22:14 IST
The state must adopt a policy of “zero tolerance” for traffic violations, the Bombay high court said on Monday. It also must evolve a “stringent deterrent system” to bring down the number of traffic violations in the city and across Maharashtra, a bench led by justice VM Kanade said.
The court said the Maharashtra government should draw inspiration from countries such as “Singapore and the United States that impose hefty fines on traffic violators and where, every infraction is linked to and recorded on the person’s Motor Vehicles Record.”
“The violations also get reflected while the person has to pay his or her vehicle insurance premium and if one is a repeat offender, the cost of premium goes up. Also, the fines are so substantial that they are an important source of revenue. Unless you [state] also adopt such a deterrent system and impose penalties, there won’t be a change. Implement a similar system and you can earn some revenue as well,” the bench said.
The observation came while the bench was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by five residents of Pune seeking that CCTV cameras be installed at major traffic junctions in Pune and other measures be taken by the traffic department to curb violations in Pune and the rest of the state.
In the last hearing in August this year, the bench had directed the state government to file a reply on whether it was “possible to introduce a system for automatic registration of complaints against the owners of such vehicles that flout traffic norms.”
On Monday, however, the state sought additional time to file its reply.
The petitioner also informed the court that according to the state’s own records, in Mumbai, there are 2.2 deaths every 100 road accidents and in Pune, every 100 road accidents result in 22 deaths.
The bench observed that the situation was alarming and considering that countless new vehicles get registered every day, the state needed to pull up its act “urgently.”