Traffic cops face their own issues
Traffic Police say issues regarding enforcement of scheme to remain same; Study says it can’t stop pollution; major concern is sale of fake number plates
New Delhi: The Delhi traffic police has listed operational issues in implementing Odd-Even. Vehicles carrying school children in uniform are exempt. But what about those returning home after dropping them? The traffic police has also said LPG vehicles are not exempt, while the fuel is considered clean.
Even as the Delhi government has decided to bring back the Odd-Even scheme in the National Capital, beginning Monday, the Delhi Traffic Police have listed operational issues while implementing the scheme.
The police have also expressed concerns about the problems they are likely to face during the first phase of the scheme. Unfortunately these concerns, which were voiced last year — when the scheme was first introduced — will remain relevant this time as well since the exempted vehicles category is more or less the same as last year.
Other major concerns include exemption of vehicles carrying school children in school uniforms. This had caused operational issues especially because a parent wanted to pick up his/her child from school after closing hours and similarly while dropping the child to school in morning and then returning home.
Also, there was no exemption given to LPG motor vehicles which are also considered as a clean source of fuel, at par with CNG.
The Delhi Traffic Police is a force of about 5,922 police officers; 80 per cent of whom are posted for field duties whereas 20 per cent are in offices and other units. With approximately two crore people residing in Delhi and over 90 lakh vehicles plying on its roads, the numbers are stacked against the Delhi Traffic police. Other parallel concerns include checking at border points as many vehicles from NCR enter Delhi which poses a great challenge. Then, identifying an offending vehicle in running traffic is not only challenging but can lead to traffic snarls as well.
“A major concern is the use of fake number plates since the High-Security Registration Plates (HSRP) has not been implemented for vehicles registered before May 1, 2012,” said Dependra Pathak, Special Commissioner of Police, Traffic.
Also, there is an issue of surge pricing. Commuters have voiced concerns that surge pricing will rise during the implementation of the scheme. They’ve said there must be a solution for autorickshaws and taxis charging exorbitant fares during this time. Meanwhile, as men of the force will be on the ground implementing the scheme, the traffic police has also decided to rotate their duties from inner/middle/ outer areas.
“We tell our staff members to go for regular medical check-ups. We are also planning to introduce shift system for traffic police for vulnerable heavy junctions where traffic remains heavy through the day,” added Pathak.