651 il­le­gal ve­hi­cle own­ers booked

SPE­CIAL DRIVE Po­lice earn Rs5.96 lakh by catch­ing those ply­ing pas­sen­gers il­le­gally dur­ing the drive from March 20 to April 26

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jyoti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Navi Mum­bai traf­fic po­lice have booked 651 ve­hi­cle own­ers for il­le­gally trans­port­ing pas­sen­gers dur­ing a spe­cial drive they con­ducted last one month.

The drive was con­ducted across all 20 traf­fic units in the city be­tween March 20 and April 26, and the po­lice earned a to­tal of Rs5.96 lakh as fine. The vi­o­la­tors were booked un­der sec­tions 66 and 192 of the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Act.

Pri­vate ve­hi­cles have no per mit to carry pas­sen­gers in the city. By do­ing so, they are vi­o­lat­ing traf­fic and road safety rules, a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer said.

Arvind Salve, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice ( traf­fic), said, “These vi­o­la­tors get pas­sen­gers near the rail­way sta­tion or at other pub­lic places. They of­fer to drop peo­ple to far- off at lower rates.”

“We want peo­ple t o stop trust­ing driv­ers blindly. They need to con­sider the ca­pac­ity of the ve­hi­cle they are trav­el­ling in. Even when the ve­hi­cle has the ca­pac­ity to carry up to eight pas­sen­gers, 15 to 20 peo­ple are be­ing fer­ried, in­creas­ing the risk of ac­ci­dents,” another of­fi­cer said, on con­di­tion of anonymity, as he is not au­tho­rised to speak to the me­dia.

In 2015, the po­lice col­lected a to­tal of Rs20, 91, 450 by tak­ing ac­tion against 1,508 ve­hi­cles that car­ried pas­sen­gers il­le­gally. More such drives will be con­ducted in the next few months, Salve said.

Apart from this, the po­lice have reg­is­tered 577 drink driv­ing cases in the f irst three months of this year and col- lected Rs7.30 lakh as fine.

“We con­cen­trated on a few spots such as CBD Be­la­pur, Va s h i , Ko n p h a t a in New Pan­vel and Palm Beach road. These ar­eas see heavy traf­fic through­out the day. Our of­fi­cials, equipped with breath an­a­lyz­ers, con­ducted spe­cial drives and took ac­tion against ev­ery­one found drunk at the wheel,” Salve said.

“Con­sum­ing al­co­hol prior to driv­ing im­pairs the drivi ng abilit y and i ncreases the risk of crash­ing, caus­ing se­ri­ous in­jury or death. Statis­tics show that in­tox­i­cated driv­ers in­volved in fa­tal crashes are three times more likely to have been speed­ing or not wear­ing a seat belt than sober driv­ers,” another of­fi­cer said.

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