The new Traffic Department boss said he has ordered his men to firmly act against the four-wheeler owners who have still not removed the tinted glasses covered by Solar and other Dark or Black films in accordance with the Supreme Court directives in this respect.
The Traffic Department of Nagpur Police got its regular chief after a long period when DCP Ashok S Tangde (IPS) took the charge. DCP Tangde made his priorities very clear in equally clear words to streamline the chaotic and hazardous city traffic. And one of his first steps in that direction, the DCP put the four-wheelers of all kind on notice. He has directed his men to firmly act against the four-wheeler owners who have still not removed the tinted glasses covered by Solar and other Dark or Black films in accordance with the Supreme Court directives in this respect. (As per recent Supreme Court judgment, the use of black films of any VLT (Visual Light Transmission) percentage or any other material upon the safety glasses, windscreens (front and rear) and side glasses of all vehicles throughout India is prohibited. Even though it may have been fit by car vendor or local mechanic, it is illegal and must be removed at the earliest).
DCP Tangde spoke to media on Tuesday (April 1) after taking the charge of chief of Traffic Department.
While speaking to Nagpur Today, DCP Tangde said that the Police Department has already issued notices to all the vendors selling and installing black and solar films to adhere to rules and regulations. He has appealed all the citizens who own four-wheelers and those who have black or solar films pasted on their windows to remove them immediately or face action as the Traffic Department is launching a special drive in this connection from April 2, 2014. The vendors of the films will be deployed to remove the films and a penalty in terms of fines will be levied on the vehicle owners who continue to have the films on their vehicles.
The chief of Traffic Department apprised of his other pressing concerns like haphazard parking at almost all major areas, reckless two-wheeler riders, auto-drivers etc. DCP Ashok Tangde said that the city has a population of over 25 lakhs and there are 15 lakh vehicles plying on city streets. He said that the traffic department will be dealing with all problems one by one to ensure smooth vehicular movements.
However, while speaking with Nagpur Today after the press meet, he said that traffic discipline should be inculcated and ingrained by educational institutions, in the house by the parents, by friends etc. As a senior policeman, he was not inclined for punishments, fines, harassments of the citizens. He felt that the fines and punishments do not necessarily play the role of deterrent. Unless one adheres to the rules and regulations of traffic and is sensible citizen, the message gets sent the next generation who abide by the traffic rules.
Let us hope the new DCP Traffic lives up to his word and irons out the creases and ensures a smooth vehicular movement in the city.