Time and tide may change, but some things remain primitive. There are four traffic police stations in Kochi and its suburbs - the city traffic station and traffic stations in Edapally, Mattancherry and Thripunithura.

But only the city traffic station is empowered to register road accident cases.

A senior traffic police officer said that this is because as per Government records, only one traffic station exists in Kochi.

Motorists who meet with accidents have to go to the city traffic station, accompanied by policemen from the traffic station concerned, to get a case registeresd. "We have written many times to the Government, so that individual stations can register cases under their jurisdiction. But to little avail. What is needed is just a Government Order, to set things right," he said.