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Traffic violation fee increase in Bangalore

Today morning I heard on a local FM channel that the traffic police department in Bangalore has decided to increase the fine for traffic violations by 5 times.

This is definitely a very good improvement. A wrong parking violation earlier attracted a fine of 100 bucks. Now people will have to shell out 500 bucks for the same violation.

I believe this will make drivers more cautious on roads and follow traffic rules in a better way than they were doing before. A person wouldn’t mind much paying 100 bucks, but would think twice before violating a rule when he knows that he has to cough up 500 bucks. Now parking of vehicles at non-parking zones and signal jumps might reduce a great deal.

However I believe that the traffic cops should actively track and fine arrogant and negligent drivers who keep changing lanes often. Not only do these drivers put their lives at risk, but they endanger other lives too. At the same time proper lanes have to be marked on the roads and the roads cleared of debris. Otherwise enforcing strict no-lane-change policy might not work.

For the betterment of the country, the traffic police department should start a whistle-blower policy, where individuals can report traffic violations with valid proof (a camera snap?). I appreciate the Bangalore Traffic Police team using a FB page that works almost on the same lines, but people who complain would like to be anonymous for safety reasons.

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02/03/2012 - Posted by | General | , ,

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