Kathmandu, February 15
A truck driver ended up in jail after he attempted to bribe an on-duty traffic policeman in Ramghat, Kathmandu Metropolitan City-16, for offence under the Motor Vehicle and Traffic Transport Management Act yesterday.
Yam Bahadur Bhujel, 26, Kawasoti, Nawalparasi district, has been charged with offering Rs 50 in bribe to a policeman to avoid action for violating traffic rules. According to police, he inserted a note of Rs 50 in a blue book and gave it to the cop after the law enforcement official asked him for necessary documents during a security check. But instead of getting the traffic cop’s favour, he was arrested.
On February 7, police arrested three drivers from different places of Kathmandu for allegedly attempting to bribe the cops. Traffic police, who are often accused of bargaining over bribe money on the road, have launched action against traffic rule violators who try to bribe on-duty officials to avoid action.
According to Metropolitan Police Office, as many as 32 drivers and riders have been arrested in the past four months for trying to bribe cops in the hope of getting off the hook. Those police personnel who were offered bribe during the period are a sub-inspector, nine assistant sub-inspectors, seven head constables and 11 constables.
Such drivers and riders are produced before the concerned district administration offices for legal action for trying to take undue favour from on-duty officials under the Some Public Crimes Act. a informed that they were released on bail of up to Rs 10,000. Deputy Inspector General Shailesh Thapa Kshetri, also the police commissioner, said this crackdown aimed to ensure strict adherence to the rules and discourage drivers and on-duty police officers from offering and receiving bribe as MPO expected the cops to work strictly within laws while dealing with offenders.
Police personnel have been authorised to arrest and send such offenders to custody for necessary action. Common forms of traffic rule violations are disregard for lane discipline and traffic signals, use of mobile phone while driving, parking vehicles in the no-parking zone, seat belt infraction, driving under the influence, mechanical modification of bikes, overloading vehicles and violation of one-way traffic rule, among others.
A version of this article appears in print on February 16, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.