5K vehicles fined on E-way in a month
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.”