Kathmandu, May 24
Traffic police said they took action against 384,206 motorists and two-wheeler riders for violating traffic rules in Kathmandu valley in the last 10 months of the current fiscal.
As many as 378,927 rule violators were booked in the fiscal 2017-18 while the number was 546,560 in 2016-15. The number of rule violators was 548,470 in 2015-16, while it was 569,809 in 2014-15. According to Metropolitan Traffic Police Division, it collected around Rs 253 million in revenue from rule violators over a period of 10 months. Any person caught violating traffic rules is slapped a fine between Rs 500 and Rs 1,500.
It said 5,060 motorists and two-wheeler riders were caught with the help of CCTV cameras installed at more than 200 locations in the valley. Lack of infrastructure, inadequate road network and traffic congestion during peak hours have also made traffic rule violation a norm in the valley, a traffic police official said.
Violation of lane discipline tops the traffic offence chart with 33,377 violations, followed by 25,598 cases of driving under influence. Traffic police also penalised 10,787 cabbies for overcharging and tampering with fare-meters. Most of them were repeat offenders.
Traffic cops armed with communication sets, GoPro cameras, surveillance vehicles and breathalysers have fanned out across the valley, with major focus on busy intersections to curb traffic rule violations.
Other common forms of traffic rule violations are disregard for traffic signals, use of mobile phone while driving, parking vehicles in no-parking zones, seat belt infraction, mechanical modification of bikes, overloading vehicles, overtaking from wrong side of the road and violation of one-way traffic rule. On an average, 1,200 motorists and motorbike riders are caught violating traffic rules daily.
MTPD warned that many violations go unregistered as motorists and bikers tend to breach rules in the absence of on-duty traffic police personnel in uniform.
Traffic police officials claimed that it could be rare to find a motorist or a biker in the valley who had not been punished by the law enforcement agency for violating rules. According to MPCD, an average of 800,000 vehicles ply the valley roads daily.
A version of this article appears in print on May 25, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.