Traffic police in city have come up with a new strategy to counteract traffic violations. Now onwards during the peak hours the motorist won’t be fined or stopped. Around the schools in CBD private parking will not be allowed. For a better traffic management the police department will conduct a detailed study on all congested junctions.
- Harishekaran Addl. Commissioner of Police said, “From each traffic police station, at least 4 to 5 traffic policemen are deployed at junctions to impose fines for traffic rule violations during peak hours. But that does not solve the problem. The need of the hour is to regulate traffic and not to enforce traffic rules. This means deployment of more traffic cops during peak hours (8-11 am and 4-7 pm) to ensure that people follow rules. This will instill a sense of responsibility among commuters. We will use the enforcement strategy after peak hours. Enforcement alone will not help; it has to be combined with better regulation.”
He further said that if the offence is visible and major, the motorist will not be spared even in peak hours. With better regulations, offences will naturally come down. If traffic cops are busy fining offenders, violations will not be curbed.
In 2017 there were 99,22,437 cases of traffic violations. The number of traffic violations have come down in 2018 with 76,67,373 cases. Among these large number of cases were reported in Madiwala with 1,63,296 cases however Chikajala had the smallest number violations with 1,63,296 cases. “Fewer violations this year does not necessarily mean that the traffic police did not book cases. It means there was better management of traffic at busy junctions.” Harishekaran said.
“The traffic police must also focus on more digitized enforcement. They can put up more digital boards that display speed limits, automated signals and issue fines digitally at all times, for instance. Violation prone areas like Ramamurthy Nagar road intersection and Tin Factory must have more personnel. At times, when traffic jams are 1 km-long, vehicles start driving on the wrong side of the road. At such times, it becomes impossible to fine hundreds of vehicles going the wrong way.” said, Arun Menon, a traffic volunteer.
BTP has already started carrying out some of the strategies close to some schools at Millers Road. Those people who come to shop and to work in offices near schools will not be allowed to park near the school premises. Usually in the morning and evening there is a lot of traffic jam near the schools
“In 2019, only school buses, vans and vehicles of parents will be allowed to be parked outside schools. All other vehicles will be towed away and fined, if found parked near schools. Apart from clearing the traffic near schools, this move will also ensure safety of young children outside schools during peak hours.” said Harishekaran.
He also further said, “The roads near schools become very congested during peak hours due to excessive vehicles coming in and going out. This causes a hindrance to the movement of children and their safety is also at risk. Young children especially find it difficult to locate their buses or vans or autos at such times. This will help ensure safety of children as no private vehicles will be allowed near schools during peak hours. I have instructed all my officers to implement this strictly near all schools in 2019. No one who is not connected to the school or the students will be allowed to park here during peak hours.”
Mohit Garg, father of a nine-year-old, said, “I live in ITPL where the traffic density is quite high. For small children it’s frightening to come out of their schools and cross the road with so many vehicles. There should be no vehicles parked near schools that have nothing to do with the school or children.”
Rekha Shankar, whose children study in Sri Kumaran Public School, says that the move has both positive and negative aspects as the city already has parking issues. “For parents of children, it is good news when it comes to their safety. But if I think as an outsider and if I had owned a commercial establishment near a school, it would have been a problem for me because parking is anyway a huge problem in Bengaluru. Before implementing this move, BTP should ensure that they provide good parking space for commercial establishments,” she says.