5K ve­hi­cles fined on E-way in a month

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

NAVI MUMBAI: As many as 5,122 ve­hi­cles were pe­nalised for lane-cut­ting on Mumbai-Pune Ex­press­way dur­ing a month­long drive con­ducted by the city traf­fic depart­ment. The po­lice col­lected a to­tal of Rs5,17,400 fines from er­rant mo­torists.

In view of in­creas­ing ac­ci­dents on the ex­press­way, the traf­fic depart­ment con­ducted the drive against lane-cut­ting be­tween April 17 and May 14.

Traf­fic of­fi­cials were de­ployed at dif­fer­ent places of the busy road to keep a tab on the move­ment of ve­hi­cles. As soon as they spot­ted a ve­hi­cle hap­haz­ardly cut­ting a lane to over­take other ve­hi­cles, they stopped it and pe­nalised the driver.

The drive fined 267 ST buses, 1,017 pri­vate buses, 1,331 trucks, 1,122 tem­pos, 454 trail­ers, 316 tankers and 220 other ve­hi­cles.

Around 14 kilo­me­tres of the ex­press­way is in the ju­ris­dic­tion of Navi Mumbai po­lice and the spe­cial drive was con­ducted be­tween Pan­vel and the Khan­dala exit.

“Our main ob­jec­tive of the drive was to bring dis­ci­pline among driv­ers. Most ac­ci­dents on the road take place be­cause of hu­man er­ror and over­tak­ing is one of them,” said S Awa­had, a traf­fic in­spec­tor.

“For over­tak­ing other ve­hi­cles, mo­torists randomly cross lanes and at times meet with ac­ci­dents. The num­ber of ac­ci­dents on this patch dur­ing the drive was min­i­mal,” said another po­lice of­fi­cer.

Balasa­heb Gade, po­lice in­spec­tor of Pan­vel traf­fic unit, said, “The ex­press­way road has di­viders, guide boards for the mo­torists and there is no mis­take in its con­struc­tion. Analysing some of the re­cent ac­ci­dents, we have un­der­stood that speed­ing and over­tak­ing are the rea­sons for a ma­jor­ity of the ac­ci­dents.”

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