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Traffic police asked to pay back fine

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The District Police Complaints Authority has directed the City traffic police to “apply proper discretion” in charging cases against the public for traffic offences.

Considering a complaint, the authority ordered the City traffic police to refund a fine of Rs.100 that had been levied from a motorist for parking his vehicle in a no- parking area, and inconveniencing motorists and pedestrians.

The case pertained to an incident that occurred on October 14, 2015, when the complainant, V.S. Velayudhan Nair, had parked his car in front of the Indian Overseas Bank on the left side of the Kuravankonam-Kowdiar road.

Though there was no ‘No Parking’ signboard there, the City traffic police had stuck a notice saying that the vehicle was parked in a ‘No Parking’ area and charged a fine.

After moving the High Court, the complainant was directed to remit the fine for the time being.

The case was forwarded to the District Police Complaints Authority, chaired by former district judge K.C. George and including the District Collector and City Police Commissioner.

After examining the photos taken by the complainant and recording the statement of the sub inspector of the City Traffic police, who is the respondent in the case, the authority arrived at the conclusion that the complainant had been unnecessarily fined.

They found that the parking of the vehicle did not obstruct pedestrians owing to the presence of a considerably wide footpath along the stretch.

With the respondent failing to prove that there was heavy traffic on the road at the time, it could also not be proved that the parking had led to obstruction for the smooth flow of other vehicles.



Complainant unnecessarily fined Rs.100, says

police complaints authority.



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