Time To Crack The Whip On Two-Wheeler Riders

Experts Ask For More Stringent Action Against Errant Bikers, Scooterists

Mumbai : Although the Mumbai traffic police have been continuously engaged in crackdown against rash drivers, road safety experts feel that the cops have been lenient with them, especially when it comes to motorcycle riders.

The rash driving by two-wheeler riders had come into limelight  once again after thr-ee youths were stopped by the traffic cops for riding on one motorcycle on Sunday night. The youths, along with their other group members who gathered soon, misbehaved with the cops and the local people in Parel. This had led to a riot like situation, which was immediately controlled by the Mumbai police.

“In the past two years, motorcycle riders have become increasingly errant, where they enter and exit roads, change lanes and overtake other vehicles randomly. The traffic police needs to be stricter with them and not let them have their way,” said Nitin Dossa, the executive chairman of the Western India Automobile Association.

In the past five days of 2015, the traffic police have already booked 5,037 errant motorcycle riders for violations such as rash driving, riding without a helmet and riding on the wrong side of the road. Most of them have been booked for not wearing a helmet.

The Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) B K Upadhyay said that they will be continuing the drive to book more such people in an attempt to change motorists’ habits. However, in the form of additional punishment, Upadhyay said that besides charging the fine and booking them for the violation as per the Motor Vehicles (MV) Act, the traffic police cannot do much to punish them in other ways.

According to Dossa, this drive which was started on November 2, 2014 needs to continue for at least six months to show some positive results. “To make it more effective the traffic police and the transport department together should stop giving insurance to their (errant bike riders’) vehicles. This would prevent the motorcycles from plying on the road and solve the problem of rash riding,” Dossa added.

Since November 2, 2014 the traffic police have booked 77,211 errant motorcycle riders until January 5, 2014. Out of these a whopping 68,657 motorists have been booked for riding without a helmet, 628 have been booked under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for rash driving, 3,984 have been booked under the MV Act for rash driving and 3,941 have been booked for riding on the wrong side.

“The Traffic Police And The Transport Department Together Should Stop Giving Insurance To Their (Errant Bike Riders’) Vehicles. This Would Prevent The Motorcycles From Plying On The Road And Solve The Problem Of Rash Riding.”

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