Cops prefer to clamp, not tow vehicles away

Published: Aug 17, 2010, 08:11 IST | Bipin Kumar Singh |

Of late, the traffic police have taken to clamping of vehicles parked in no parking zones in a big way

Of late, the traffic police have taken to clamping of vehicles parked in no parking zones in a big way. And, towing of vehicles seems to be on the wane.

Agencies involved in the towing of vehicles are feeling the heat.


CLAMP DOWN: The vehicles will be clamped on the site instead of towing as per the new initiative by Mumbai Traffic police to curb parking related offences on city roads. Pic/Suresh KK

During the last fortnight, clamping of vehicles has seen a sudden surge -- from a daily average of a maximum of 200 vehicles that were being towed, traffic authorities now clamp at least 1,200 vehicles every day, on an average.

MiD DAY had reported on June 15 about the traffic department's special drive to clamp down vehicles parked in no-parking areas. For this campaign, which took off on June 11, the police had procured 1,500 clamps.

"These days, the traffic police are depending largely on private towing vehicles. We have been getting work too, but if clamping of vehicles continues to rise the way it has been, we might soon be out of business," a towing vehicle owner from Mulund said on condition of anonymity.

Clamping of vehicles mitigates the cost of towing of vehicles besides preventing damage to vehicles being towed.

Meanwhile, Additional Commissioner of Police Traffic Brijesh Singh ruled out a complete ban on towing, but said clamping would increase in future. "With the rise in number of vehicles, parking space has reduced. So, we have adopted the clamping method and it will increase in future."

Legal battles
Speaking to MiD DAY, Gaurang Damani who had filed a public interest litigation against the process of illegal towing of vehicles in 2006, said, "I had filed the PIL after my car was towed illegally. The court gave its verdict in my favour and my claim for compensation was granted."

A co-petitioner, H Nandu, who supported Damani's PIL against the illegal towing of his Honda city, was also granted compensation by the court.

Towing charges
Two wheelers:
Rs 100
Autorickshaw, car, jeep: Rs 200
Truck, trailer, tanker: Rs 600

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