Good News: Vehicles to not be towed; Bad News: Instant Challan

Srinagar, February 27: In a bid to streamline traffic movement in the city and make it free from the violators, the traffic police department has come up with another innovative method.

From now on, the vehicle parked wrongly on road will not be towed away. Instead, a notice under Section 133 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1998, for obstructive and wrong parking will be issued to the owner of the vehicle and the fine has to be paid within 15 days. In case, the owner fails to pay the fine in the given period of time, the department will cancel the registration of the vehicle.

The notice pasted on wrongly parked vehicles in the city reads, “The owner/driver of the vehicle should contact the office of the SSP Traffic City, Srinagar, with relevant documents. If you wish to compound the traffic offence, you may remit the below mentioned compound amount at the office of the SSP Traffic City against the proper receipt.”

It further said “The failure to respond, would result in submitting the challan in the court with addition of section 187 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, which carries punishment for imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months or a fine for Rs 500 or with both, in addition to the punishment provided for violating of traffic law and regulation,” it further read.

Also, if somebody fails to pay the challan amount or does not even bother to go to the courts if the challan is submitted there, the police will then initiate procedure to cancel the registration of the vehicle.

A head of traffic police men who is supervising pasting of such notices on wrongly parked vehicles in one of the city streets said that the people of the city have hailed the move with a view that it will save the vehicle owner from inconvenience which he/she has to face after once his vehicle was towed.

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