Hyderabad: The Traffic Police has netted a whopping Rs 1.29 crore in two months in fines from errant four-wheeler drivers by using the Wheel Clamps to control the menace of haphazard parking across the city.
This amount has been collected since May 20, 2011, when 750 Wheel Clamps were issued to the Traffic Police.
As per the Section 127 of Motor Vehicle Act, the Traffic Police is authorised to book a vehicle which is wrongly parked as impediment to traffic flow by either towing or by using Wheel Clamps to immobilise it.
The Traffic Police fines an errant driver Rs 400 as fine and towing amount.
The concerned traffic officer after putting the Wheel Clamp, affixes the slip giving his name and telephone number on which he is to be contacted for removal of Wheel Clamps.
According to official statistics, 32,324 errant drivers were ‘clamped’ by the traffic police in the past two months.
The police stations of Gopalapuram with 1358 drivers penalized, Mahankali with 1421, Marredpally with 152, with, Trimulgherry with 1299, Begumpet with 3317, Panjagutta with 4582, SR Nagar with 3705, Jubilee Hills with 451, Banjara Hills with 2904, Saifabad 1624, Abids with 2035, Chikkadpally with 826, Charminar with 678, Falaknuma with 1005, Mirchowk with 631, Sultan Bazaar 454, Malakpet with 1118, Kachiguda with 2622, Nallakunta with 254, Goshamahal with 752, Nampally with 483, Asifnagar with 603 and Tolichowki with 50 contributed to the Rs 1.29 crore collected as fines.
Addition Commissioner of Police (Traffic) SV Anand said that the impact of using Wheel Clamps has been tremendous and for the first time the medium and heavy vehicle drivers or owners are thinking twice before parking on the main roads.
Mr Anand however accepted the fact that the problem of haphazard parking is perennial.(INN)