Ensure your car is fit for monsoon
The traffic police’s drive will continue till June 6; errant motorists will be fined
NAVI MUMBAI: The traffic police have begun their pre-monsoon drive to check whether the vehicles are fit for the rain.
Conducted annually by the traffic police, the drive will continue till June 6.
The traffic police will check the vehicles and lay down safety rules which are to be followed by motorists every year during the monsoon season.
During the 21-day drive, vehicles will be stopped and inspected on the roads and highways by the traffic police to ensure that they meet the criteria of the Central Motor Vehicles Act and Motor Vehicles Act, said the deputy commissioner of police (traffic), Arvind Salve.
All vehicles must have tyres with the necessary grip to avoid skidding when the brakes are applied and the mudguards should have a rubber flap so that dirty water isn’t splashed onto neighbouring two-wheeler riders and pedestrians, are among the basics.
The traffic department officials said the objective of the drive is to spread maximum awareness among the motorists to keep their vehicles well-maintained so that they are safe from accidents during the monsoon.
The drive which is being conducted in all the 15 traffic units’ jurisdiction is mainly focusing on vehicular fitness such as working condition of wipers, tail light, proper tyres.
Motorists caught with faulty
parts will be fined under the Central Motor Vehicles Rule and Maharashtra Motor Vehicles Rule. After the drive, the total number of cases booked for offences and the fines collected will be compiled from the all units and registered at the Belapur traffic police head office.
“Although motorists themselves know that there are some faulty parts in their vehicles,
they do not bother to get them repaired on time. We have been conducting the annual pre-monsoon drive every year, stressing the importance of various safety measures by ensuring proper functioning of wipers, tail lights and brakes. Wearing helmet is compulsory,” said Salve.
Officials said that apart from checking the vehicles, they are also briefing motorists to be
extra careful while driving during monsoon as the roads become slippery and there is more chance of skidding and hence they must strictly stick to the prescribed speed limits. Strict warnings are also being given to pillion riders to wear helmet which has been made mandatory during a notification in February.
The traffic police officials said although the four-wheelers and two-wheels are still found to following norms to some extent, it is the autorickshaws and heavy vehicles that are more problematic. “Maximum faults are found in autorickshaws and heavy vehicles and they do not bother to keep a regular check until caught in such drives,” said a traffic official from the Seawoods traffic police unit.