11K mo­torists fined for park­ing in no-park­ing zones this year

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVIMUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Two- wheel­ers park­ing in no-park­ing zones has be­come com­mon and slap­ping fines against vi­o­la­tors has not been a de­ter­rent so far.

Sta­tis­tics f rom t he Navi Mum­bai traf­fic po­lice shows 11,500 mo­torists have been fined for vi­o­lat­ing park­ing norms this year. A fine of Rs11.7 lakh has been re­cov­ered from the of­fend­ers.

In 2015, the city traf­fic po­lice fined 70,756 peo­ple and re­cov­ered fine to the tune of Rs72.59 lakh.

Lack of park­ing space in most parts of the city see mo­torists park­ing ve­hi­cles in ‘no park­ing’ zones.

Al­though the traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cials have been con­duct­ing drives against those park­ing their ve­hi­cles on foot­paths and no-park­ing zones, of­fi­cials said there has been no re­duc­tion in such vi­o­la­tions.

“It is ironic that mo­torists do not ad­here to ba­sic traf­fic rules. They not only park their ve­hi­cles in no-park­ing zone but even on foot­paths. We do not need to tell that foot­paths are meant for walk­ing and not for park­ing ve­hi­cles. We will con­tinue to con­duct such drives and pe­nalise of­fend­ers,” said Arvind Salve, DCP traf­fic, Navi Mum­bai.

Ro a d Safety Ex­pert Ashutosh Atray stressed that sign­boards are mean­ing­less un­less there is co­op­er­a­tion from the pub­lic.

“Be it cars or bikes, the max­i­mum fine for vi­o­la­tors is a mere Rs100 which is not an hefty amount. So, mo­torists who pay the fine also are found to park their ve­hi­cles at the same spot again. Park­ing space crunch is a ma­jor is­sue. There needs to be amend­ments in the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Rules to ini­ti­ate strin­gent ac­tion or im­pose heav­ier fines on of­fend­ers who park ve­hi­cles in the places where they are not sup­posed to do so,” said Atray.

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