Nepal | July 12, 2020

Traffic police to launch pedestrian safety drive

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:
Traffic police personnel guiding people to take alternative routes nepal welcomes Pranab Mukherjee

Traffic police personnel tell people to take alternative routes at the bus stop near Bhrikutimandap road, on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. Photo: Nasana Bajracharya/ THT

Kathmandu, April 27

Beware! Jaywalking and reluctance to use overhead bridge and zebra crossing where available may land you in trouble.

The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division is gearing up to take action against jaywalkers as a campaign in Kathmandu Valley as per the Motor Vehicle and Transport Management Act, 1993. Before swinging into action, the MTPD is set to launch public awareness programmes on pedestrian safety amid a function in Kathmandu tomorrow.

“We felt the need to conduct awareness programmes until the first phase of local level elections to make pedestrians abide by traffic rules,” a traffic police official said. The fine could range from Rs 500 to Rs 1,500.

According to MTPD, the roads in the Valley have become highly unsafe and vulnerable to accidents due to rampant violation of traffic rules by pedestrians as well as motorists. Nearly 40 per cent out of an average of 14 persons killed in road accidents every month are pedestrians.

The MTPD said it would also initiate action against motorists, who do not give priority to pedestrians using zebra crossings. Drivers involved in road accidents near or on zebra crossings are dealt with seriously. They may be slapped with imprisonment for up to 10 years depending on the gravity of the case. The Valley has over 1,000 zebra crossings and some of them are under the surveillance of CCTV cameras as well.

The traffic police official said road accidents had increased to such an extent that pedestrians found themselves in danger even when they used zebra crossings to cross busy roads. Every month at least two persons are killed or injured while using zebra crossing to cross the main roads as well as inner roads.

Zebra crossings that are designed for safety of pedestrians are turning into risky zones of death and injury. While traffic police are there to regulate the flow of vehicles near zebra crossings at major intersections, the inner roads of the Valley lack enforcement of traffic rules. Though traffic police had launched action against jaywalkers in 2014, the campaign fizzled out.


A version of this article appears in print on April 28, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Death-toll from Myagdi landslide reaches 27; four still missing

POKHARA: As many as 27 persons, who went missing in the landslides that swept through Myagdi district, have been confirmed dead, until Saturday evening. Four persons are still missing. While bodies of 24 persons were recovered throughout Saturday, three bodies had been found on Friday. Accordi Read More...

Bollywood actor Abhay Deol feels nepotism is just tip of the iceberg, it's prevalent everywhere

KATHMANDU: Bollywood actor Abhay Deol feels that nepotism is prevalent everywhere including politics, business and films and it is just the tip of the iceberg. Abhay, who made Bollywood debut with Socha Na Tha under his uncle and actor Dharmendra Deol's Banner Vijayta Films, took to Instagram t Read More...

Five including four doctors arrested for illegal kidney transplantation in Chitwan

CHITWAN: Five persons have been arrested on the charge of facilitating illegal kidney transplantation in Chitwan. Four doctors from Chitwan College of Medical Sciences (Old Medical College) and an employee of District Administration Office have been taken into police custody. They were arreste Read More...

Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan tests positive for COVID-19

KATHMANDU: Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan has tested positive for the coronavirus infection. The senior Bollywood actor confirmed this through a tweet, on Saturday night. Taking to Twitter, he shared that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and has shifted to the hospital. Bachchan further s Read More...

Sterling scores hat-trick as City hit Brighton for five

BRIGHTON: Raheem Sterling struck a hat-trick as Manchester City crushed Brighton 5-0 at the AmEx Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday. Second-placed City had lost their previous three away games but never looked likely to extend that streak against a Brighton side that struggled fro Read More...

La Liga, Barcelona

Sloppy Barca grind out win over Valladolid to stay on Real's heels

VALLADOLID: Lionel Messi notched a 20th assist of the season to help a lacklustre Barcelona secure a 1-0 win away to Real Valladolid on Saturday, maintaining the pressure on La Liga leaders Real Madrid. Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal struck the only goal of the game in the 15th minute, fir Read More...

NCP Standing Committee divided on one-on-one talks

Kathmandu, July 11 Ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leader Asta Laxmi Shakya said Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli should have used his address to the nation yesterday to calm down youths protesting in the street in his support. “I was expecting the PM to say that our party had won people’s Read More...

Security Printing Bill registered in National Assembly stipulates reliable service

KATHMANDU, JULY 11 The Security Printing Bill registered by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in the National Assembly on July 8 stipulates the provision of a security printing centre. As per the bill, the centre shall be an autonomous body. The functions, duties and p Read More...