Six weeks after introducing ROPE (Removal of Obstructive Parking and Encroachments), Stop-Line, and Free-Left driving to improve traffic flow in the city, the Hyderabad Traffic Police will now try to curb wrong-side driving and triple riding. The ‘educate and then enforce’ model will be repeated.
The campaign to “educate” commuters about wrong-side driving and triple riding is said to have started on November 21, with special driving enforcement beginning a week later, on November 28.
According to the police, both road violations in the city cause road crashes, and in the last three years, 51 people have died as a result of wrong-side driving and 47 people have died as a result of triple riding.
The traffic police in Hyderabad held awareness programs at various traffic intersections on Monday as part of the initiative. Throughout the day, everyone from traffic inspectors to senior department officials interacted with commuters and educated them on how to avoid the two violations.
A V Ranganath, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), stated that rule violators will be educated this week, and cases will be booked and penalties imposed as prescribed by the MV Act the following week.
Wrong-side driving under Sections 119, 177, and 184 of the Motor Vehicle Act carries a penalty of Rs. 1,700 and triple riding under Sections 128, 184, and 177 carries a total penalty of Rs. 1, 200.
“We are only strictly enforcing the existing laid down rules. Our prime focus is not to collect fines but to save the lives of motorists and ensure their families stay happily and prosper,” said Ranganath.
The commissioner said that it was untrue that motorists were facing difficulties as U-turns were being placed at some distance from the crossroads. He stated that a time-bound signal system was in place throughout the city.
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