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Rs 3.89-cr fine slapped on 72K traffic violators

Wrong parking, use of fake number plate, driving without helmet among major offences

Rs 3.89-cr fine slapped on 72K traffic violators

A cop issues a challan to a violator in Ludhiana. Himanshu Mahajan



Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 9

Cracking the whip against traffic violators, the Ludhiana Police Commissionerate have challaned over 72,000 offenders and slapped a fine of around Rs 3.89 crore on them during the past six months, officials said.

However, the number of challans issued and also the amount of fine imposed on the violators this year was heading south as compared to last year, official figures have revealed.

Commissioner of Police (CP) Kuldeep Singh Chahal told The Tribune here on Tuesday that the Commissionerate Police have been undertaking a special drive against traffic violators, besides spreading awareness about traffic rules with an aim to make roads safer.

The official data compiled by the Commissionerate Traffic Police, a copy of which is with The Tribune, showed that as many as 72,231 traffic violators were challaned and a fine amounting to Rs 3,88,63,650 was slapped on them for violating various traffic rules in Ludhiana Police Commissionerate limits from January 1 to June 30 this year. Besides, 1,541 vehicles of habitual traffic offenders were also impounded during this period.

The offence-wise break-up of the traffic challans issued this year indicated that driving without helmet topped the chart with the maximum of 15,017 challans issued, followed by 13,897 for wrong parking, 6,334 for wrong side driving, 5,452 for using unauthorised number plate, 3,970 for driving without seat belt, 3,580 for driving without driving licence, 2,686 for triple riding, 1,582 for using mobile phone while driving and 1,208 vehicle drivers were challaned for jumping the red light.

Comparatively, 1,11,496 traffic violators were challaned and a fine of Rs 7,03,73,700 was slapped on them during the corresponding period last year. Besides, 1,524 vehicles of the habitual traffic offenders were also impounded between January 1 and June 30, 2023.

Earlier, as many as 60,725 traffic violators were challaned and a fine amounting to Rs 3,97,51,450 was slapped on them for violating various traffic rules during the corresponding period in 2022, 97,642 traffic violators were challaned and a fine of Rs 8,91,61,700 was slapped on them in 2021, a fine of Rs 7,20,47,780 was slapped on 1,48,356 traffic violators in 2020, and 1,96,467 traffic violators were challaned on whom a fine of Rs 7,22,81,149 was imposed in 2019.

Exhorting commuters to obey traffic rules, the CP said it not only ensures the safety on roads but also averts unnecessary litigation and financial burden that occurs after being caught.

He said the Commissionerate Police had been holding traffic awareness and education camps in different parts of the city, which had the highest density of vehicles and traffic on the roads, to ensure safe roads.

Committed to ensuring road safety

We are committed to ensuring road safety of commuters and several initiatives have been taken for the same. However, no traffic violator will be spared and penal action, as per rules, will be initiated against those caught violating the norms. — Kuldeep Singh Chahal, CP

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