Integrated Traffic Systems’ rules face objection

Jan 14, 2014, 04:34 IST | Dheeraj Bengrut

Members of the Sajag Nagrik Manch have challenged certain regulations of the new system, stating that they are implausible and need to be reconsidered

The proposed Integrated Traffic System (ITS) by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is in the news again.

Vivek Velankar

The Sajag Nagrik Manch has challenged certain regulations of the system stating that they are unreasonable and desperately need to be reviewed.

“This system is completely baseless and has been set up without doing a proper traffic study. Without knowing the ground realities, PMC is trying to implement this system,” said Vivek Velankar, president of Sajag Nagrik Manch.
Velankar and his team have taken objection and they have applied for an intervention in the PMC court regarding this issue.

As per the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, for breaking traffic rules, only the RTO and traffic police have the right to register a complaint or charge a fine whereas under the new system, PMC has transferred this right to the contractor to collect fines or register a complaint, which the organisation believes is irrational.

In such cases, the traffic police can fine a person for person breaking the rules and if the offender refuses to comply, a complaint is registered and the case moves to court. The organisation claims that as per the new system, there is no such clause for a complaint to be registered relieving it from any legal aspect. “If a person denies paying the fine, right is given to the contractor to take possession of the vehicle, whereas this right is not even assigned to the police. And if while doing so, is there arises a law and order situation, police help will be needed,” said Velankar.

The PMC has not yet got any official documents from the police ensuring that they will be able to manage if a commotion is created when contractors will be towing vehicles. Also the PMC does not have any designated space or land to keep these vehicles, which are brought in by the contractors for violating traffic rules.

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