As traffic fines spike, only tech can prevent bribery
Fines for traffic offences have just long past up dramatically, and a giant fear in Bengaluru is that bribery will thrive greater than ever before.
The steep hike in fines could reduce fatalities on the road, says Dr Ashish Verma, companion professor, civil engineering, Indian Institute of Science. The way to lessen human intervention and bribery is to rely upon technology 24/7, one year a year.
He recommends an vehicle-challaning device, which affords visible evidence of the offence. “The effectiveness of the revised fines relies upon on the implementation mechanism,” he says. He believes powerful use of technology will lessen the temptation to bribe.
Studies conducted by IISc say speeding, driving on the incorrect facet and signal leaping are main reasons of dying.
Rs 100 cr a year
Additional Commissioner of Police (site visitors) P Harishekaran takes pleasure in the era to hand, and how it allows the police mop up large quantities. “We gather at least Rs 100 crore in fines each yr,” he informed Metrolife.
Traffic police use 600 personal virtual assistant (PDA) devices to crack down on offenders. They have set up 1,000 cameras across the city. A hundred of those capture sign leaping. “When a vehicle jumps a sign, this camera records the violation and sends it to the site visitors control centre, which in turn, generates a challan and sends it to the perpetrator,” he says.
Mostly in suburbs
Technology is not enough. A sound know-how of the city and its issues is crucial to put in force such landmark selections, says Prof M N Sreehari, site visitors guide and representative.
“Offences are committed usually in the suburbs and now not within the coronary heart of the metropolis in which the rate has come down notably. And we don‘t see any police presence within the suburbs,” he says.
The Bengaluru police don‘t have sufficient men to reveal the forty eight,000 ordinary traffic junctions. The present cameras are insufficient to keep an eye fixed at the developing vehicular populace, he advised Metrolife.
He believes that the tendency to grease the palms of police officers is in all likelihood to growth with the hike in penalties.
“The in advance quality of Rs one hundred became small. People usually carry something between Rs 2 hundred and Rs 500. So, if they’re stuck and if the quality is Rs 1,000, they are much more likely to pay what they have got as a bribe than get caught in a long-drawn felony method,” says Sreehari.
On the other hand, V Ravichandar, urban professional, does not find the revisedpenalties too excessive. “Talking at the cell whilst using amounts to placing others at mortal danger. It desires to attract provisions of the crook code, much like riding on footpaths,” he says.
Dr K Mohanan Nambiar, leader visitors warden, has controlled weekend site visitors on Bengaluru roads for 27 years. He says maximum violators of site visitors guidelines are knowledgeable and properly-knowledgeable. “Most pedestrian fatalities are because of the absence of pedestrian paths. People are compelled to stroll on the road and endanger their lives,” he says.
Dr Divyashree K R, representative psychiatrist, Aster CMI, says high fines instil fear but might not provide a long-lasting solution to the trouble of irresponsible driving. People who don’t respect the regulation don’t suppose two times earlier than bribing their way out, she says.
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“Cab drivers do stop in ‘no parking’ zones, however best to pick up passengers. “We don‘t have a devoted taxi stand. When a customer books a cab from a no-parking lot, we turn out to be there,” he says. “Police then great us.” Tanveer estimates approximately eighty per cent of all motorists caught for traffic offences pay bribes and escape.
Sampath, Adarsha Auto Union and Taxi Drivers’ Union, unearths the police heartless in managing vehicle drivers.
“They communicate more rudely to us and slap 3 or 4 instances the instant they capture us. We must forestall in which passengers inform us to prevent, and policemen use the opportunity to penalise us,“ he says. RTO and police strategies take for ever. While drivers are waiting for their papers, police impose fines of up to Rs 10,000 on them. Drivers are negative, and this isn’t truthful, says Sampath.