Jamshedpur, June 10: The city traffic police have launched a major drive against those violating parking rules.
Obstructive parking and leaving four wheelers at no-parking zones will now land motorists in trouble as the city traffic police are set to use the newly procured wheel clamps to lock the vehicles.
On Thursday the drive was launched at the old court area in Sakchi.
Wheel clamps save the police from the headache of towing the illegally parked vehicle. Though different types of devices are available in the market, the city police will be using those with a clamp that locks a vehicle’s wheel.
After a police officer with the jurisdiction to lock the wheels puts the clamps on the vehicle, owners will be forced to dial the traffic police at the number printed on the stickers attached to the clamps. Earlier, the city traffic police have been sticking parking tickets on vehicles.
The city police have decided to use wheel clamps as towing of four wheelers would cause damage to the engine of the vehicle. Use of sticker is not very effective as the police needs to send notices and move the court if the owner fails to pay the fine.
“The city police have so far received nine wheel clamps for the purpose. We will be using these clamps from the next week,” an 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.
Many motor vehicle owners leave their vehicles on the roadside for long hours, obstructing the traffic. Pedestrians also find it hard to get a clear view of the road owing to the presence of these vehicles, said a traffic police officer.
While those parking vehicles on 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 on unauthorized area.
The idea is to keep a check on mishap points to reduce traffic congestion and accidents in city.
The move comes after people complained of snail pace of movement of vehicles on roads as vehicles are parked on both sides of the roads making them narrower.