Police ask road-users to report incidents of traffic violations
The traffic police and the Motor Vehicles' Department have sought the cooperation of road users to bring rule violators to book in the wake public resentment over consecutive accidents involving private buses and tipper lorries.
The police have asked motorists, commuters and pedestrians to report incidents of rule violations and reckless driving to the traffic helpline 1099 (available from land lines) or to the traffic police stations — 2394218 (city) and 2344852 (Edapally).
“Anybody can pass on information about vehicles (especially buses, goods carriers and autorickshaws) being rashly driven, those that hamper safe/smooth traffic flow, use high-decibel/polyphonic horns or incidents of misbehaviour, to these telephones.
The police would intercept these vehicles at the next prominent junction and penalise them based on the rule violation that they did,” said the Circle Inspector of Police (City Traffic) Francis Shelby. The police would also be able to trace their location with the help of the surveillance cameras that have been installed at most busy junctions in the city.
The Motor Vehicles' Department too has sought timely intervention and cooperation of the public to ensure that drivers/crew of public-transport and goods vehicles abide by rules.
“Passengers and members of the public must positively intervene in incidents where there are blatant rule violations,” said the Ernakulam RTO, C . G. Michael.
A recent incident where passengers and others stopped a private bus that hit a KSRTC bus at Kaloor and made the crew give Rs.1,500 to the KSRTC conductor as compensation is a case in point.
This showed that people would not let the private bus crew get away scot-free after the hit-and-run incident, he said.
Members of the public can also report incidents of buses that randomly stop to collect passengers and those that are parked in the middle of the road.
Apart from traffic hold ups, such buses cause accidents too.
Relocating bus stops
On their part, the Corporation of Cochin and the traffic police are yet to relocate bus stops that are located right at the junction and at turnings.