MTPD tightens screw on discipline as traffic flow increases in Kathmandu

KATHMANDU: The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) has started taking action against the vehicles carrying passengers beyond their capacity.

The MTPD started implementing the road discipline at par with the Motor Vehicles and Transport Management Act, 1993 as the number of vehicles plying the roads increased in the Capital. The action was initiated after consulting the Department of Transport Management on Sunday, MTPD said.

The traffic police have started charging Rs 200 fine for motorcyclists carrying two pillion riders, said MTPD Spokesperson, SP Poshraj Pokharel.

“A total of 148 vehicles have been fined as per the Act,” Pokharel said, adding that smaller vehicles carrying passengers on their hoods have been prohibited.

SP Pokharel said the bigger buses carrying passengers on the hoods, however, have been told to be cautious.

As the blockade at the Nepal-India border points and transit routes in southern plains is gradually loosening, the supplies of fuel products have increased.

The Department of Transport Management (DoTM) Spokesperson Basanta Adhikari said that the decision to initiate action was taken so as to avoid risky travels.