Delhi

Amended MV Act: 67% dip in challans in first month

The amended Motor Vehicles Act was implemented on September 1 in the Capital. File

The amended Motor Vehicles Act was implemented on September 1 in the Capital. File   | Photo Credit: Prashant Soni

Number dropped from 5.2 lakh in Sept. 2018 to 1.7 lakh last month

In the first month after implementation of the amended Motor Vehicles Act, traffic challans issued by the police saw a decline of 66.8%, data shared by Delhi Police shows.

Officials said that in September 2018, the total number of challans issued by traffic police were 5,24,819, but in September 2019 the number of challans issued stood at 1,73,921. “The drop in challans is due to all cases being sent to the court as compounding power has not been given to the police so far in Delhi,” they said in a statement.

Further, the police said that earlier 95% cases were compounded on the spot and only 5% cases were forwarded to the court. “Secondly, there is focus on strict regulation and improving compliance along with effective enforcement,” they said.

More cautious

A senior police officer said that the reason behind the dip is because people on the road have become more cautious to prevent themselves from the hassle of going to court.

“People are aware that all the challans are being sent to court, therefore, if they violate traffic rules and are penalised they will have to go through court proceedings which are inevitably time consuming,” he said.

A traffic policeman posted near Sarai Kale Khan, who did not wish to be identified, said that not only have people become more conscious but also officers on duty try to understand the situation and let them go. “We also understand that they will have to go to court. So sometimes, for minor offences like crossing the stop line, if they plead with us, we let them go. Bus it happens rarely. With the amended rule, all officers follow the rules strictly,” he said.

The amended Motor Vehicles Act was implemented on September 1 in the Capital. Under the amended Act, violators are being penalised ₹1,000 as opposed to ₹100 earlier for riding without helmet or seat belt; ₹2,000 instead of ₹400 for overspeeding, ₹5,000 instead of ₹500 for driving without licence and ₹10,000 instead of ₹2,000 for drunk driving.

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