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City police launch drive against parking devils

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Jamshedpur: Oct. 18: The Jamshedpur Police have launched an intensive drive against anyone found violating parking with a view to maintain smooth traffic flow throughout the steel city and adjoin regions during the festive season, especially the Durga Puja.

The cops have warned that henceforth all obstructive parking, including parking four wheelers in no-parking zones, will land motorists in trouble as the traffic police wing is set to use the newly introduced wheel clamps, thereby locking the errant vehicles.

It is expected that wheel clamps will save the police the headache of towing the illegally parked vehicles. Though different types of devices for the purpose are currently available in the market, the city police will be using those with a clamp that locks a vehicle’s wheel.

Police officers having the jurisdiction can lock the wheel.

Vehicle owners will be required to dial the traffic police in the number printed on the stickers attached to the clamps. Previously, the city traffic police have been simply sticking parking tickets on vehicles.

“The vehicle will be unlocked only after receiving calls from vehicle owners. A pecuniary penalty will also be imposed on the errant vehicle owners will be fined,” said city SP Chandan Jha.

It is learnt that the city police have decided to use wheel clamps as towing of four wheelers would cause damage to the engine of the vehicles. On the other hand, use of sticker is not very effective as the police will have to send notices and move the court if the owner failed to pay the fine.

So far, the city police have received nine wheel clamps for the purpose. “We will be using these clamps from the next week,” a senior officer said.

Other modes used for preventing illegal parking sticking parking tickets, locking two wheelers using chains and towing away of vehicles. The police have the authority to lock or tow away any motor vehicle abandoned or left unattended on a public place or parked at a no-parking zone.

It is worth mentioning here that many delinquent motor vehicle owners leave their vehicles on the roadside for long hours, obstructing the traffic. As a result, often pedestrians also find it hard to get a clear view of the road owing to the presence of these vehicles.

While those parking vehicles in no-parking zone will be fined Rs 600, those engage in obstructive parking will be fined depending on the gravity of the obstruction created.

Concerned over the rising cases of road mishaps in city and to ensure free flow of traffic on roads in the city, East Singhbhum district traffic police have decided to act tough on vehicle owners parking in unauthorized areas.

The idea is to keep a check on mishap points to reduce traffic congestion and accidents in city. The move comes in the wake of complaints regarding snail’s pace of movement of vehicles on roads, as vehicles are parked on both sides of the roads make them narrower as well as hazardous.

According to the City SP, five traffic police stations in the city at Bistupur, Sakchi, Mango, Golmuri and Jugsalai have been instructed for towing away the vehicles that are parked irregularly on roads.

“People park their vehicles haphazardly on roads due to the presence of commercial establishments, eateries and other shops.

This hampers the flow of traffic at any point of time,” the senior cop said, adding, “Directive has been issued that if owners continue to park their vehicles regularly on roads, especially near joints that have witnessed mishaps on several occasions, traffic inspectors should to carry away the vehicles using cranes.”

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