Traffic police in the city are conducting a “novel” drive. Number plates which are invisible are not only fined, but with the help of artists/painters, they are neatly written on the spot legibly.

Following a directive from Inspector General of Police (south zone) S.S. Krishnamoorthy, who was holding additional charge as Commissioner of Police two days ago, that the registration particulars on many vehicles were not legible, the traffic police swung into action.

On day one, as many as 134 vehicles, which were checked, did not have the registration numbers readable. The traffic police officers were instructed not just to collect fines, but with the help of painters, the vehicles were detained for a while and the numbers with the registration details were legibly painted, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) J. Rajendran here on Wednesday.

Many vehicles, which had written the numbers and the registration particulars as per their own choice, were also stopped.

On day two, close to 250 vehicles were stopped at different locations in the city, he said and added that the drive would continue in the city for a few more days. Vehicles which had names, stickers or other logos were removed during the drive, an officer at West Masi-South Masi junction said. Though it may not be possible to stop all vehicles, it would be ideal for vehicle owners’ to voluntarily act and get it rectified, he noted.

Meanwhile, the traffic police in a press release appealed to the vehicle users’ to ensure that the number plates were legibly written as per the government specification. In the event of any accident, the number plates, if not legible, may result in complications for the police in investigations, another officer said.

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