Fake stickers declaring Chandigarh honk-free circulate online; inquiry ordered
“The sticker being circulated is fake. We are trying to identify who had circulated these and will take strict against the culprit,” said Ravi Kumar, acting superintendent of police (traffic).punjab Updated: Feb 08, 2018 16:07 IST
A day after the stickers declaring the city as a honk-free zone surfaced on social media, the city police have started an inquiry into the incident. The traffic police have denied having issued the stickers or making such an announcement.
The stickers read, ‘Chandigarh to go honk-free from today’. “The sticker being circulated is fake. We are trying to identify who had circulated these and will take strict against the culprit,” said Ravi Kumar, acting superintendent of police (traffic).
The stickers, that most residents had taken to be true, had led to questions on how the police could levy a heavy fine of up to Rs 1,000, as mandated in Section 177 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. Another puzzling aspect was that how could the entire city be declared honk-free.
“The sticker never demarcated city into honk-free zones and there was no notification. How could there be challans all of a sudden?,” said Kavita, of Zirakpur.“It is a good move, but before this, need to ensure lane-driving. Banning honking without people sticking to lanes is dangerous,” added another commuter Gurpreet Sandhu.
Traffic police also claim that there was no question of issuing such a stricker, as it was in the middle of a 45-day awareness drive it started on January 2. The police are following the Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, model that it adopted in April 2017.
Plan after the campaign
After the 45-day campaign, the Chandigarh traffic police will start challaning people for excessive and unnecessary blowing of vehicle horns. For proper enforcement, traffic police personnel have been equipped with body-fitted cameras that will record the violation, after which the offender will be booked under Section 177 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, and will be fined Rs 1,000. The process of issuing the challan will be carried out in the presence of a traffic marshal. No challan will be issued in case, a traffic marshal is not present at the spot.
Law provides for fine of up to Rs 1,000
The Section 177 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, prescribes a penalty against the driver for honking. Those caught honking can be fined up to Rs 1,000.In Chandigarh, blowing horn is already prohibited in the ‘Silence Zones’ covering the Sector-1 Capitol Complex, Sector 12, Sector 14 (Panjab University), 100-metre periphery of all hospitals, educational institutions, courts and religious places.