Nepal | July 05, 2020

Vehicle parking banned along Ring Road

Himalayan News Service
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Kathmandu, August 31

The Department of Transport Management has warned against parking vehicles in no-parking zone of the 27-km Ring Road saying violators would face maximum punishment.

Issuing a public notice, the DoTM said motorists were notified for the second time, regarding the ban imposed on parking vehicles in the greenbelt areas along the Ring Road in 2017. The second public notice comes in the wake of rampant violation of traffic rules. The DoTM said the initiative was aimed at managing and regulating traffic inside Kathmandu valley.

The regulating body is responsible for overall management of road transport service in the country.

Metropolitan Traffic Police Division, the law enforcement agency of the DoTM, reminded that greenbelt areas had been declared no-parking zones.

Any vehicle parked on the greenbelt area of the Ring Road will be detained before initiating action against the driver. The greenbelt, where infrastructure construction is not allowed, has been maintained for promoting greenery.

According to Motor Vehicle and Transport Management Act-1993, traffic police may slap a driver with a fine of up to Rs 1,500 if one parks his/her vehicle in a restricted place.

MTPD has directed all its units in the valley to strictly enforce the ban. The rule envisions smooth traffic system and reduction of road accidents.

The ban was also part of the drive to clear the greenbelt, 25 metres on either side of the road.

Vehicle parking in greenbelt, mainly the Kalanki-Chabahil stretch, is a common sight and is causing inconvenience to pedestrians.

An official at MTPD said traffic and civil cops would be mobilised to monitor Ring Road area and take action against the rule violators.

Transport entrepreneurs have been using greenbelt areas to park vehicles due to lack of adequate parking space in bus parks. Earlier, traffic police had decided to fix arrival and departure points for long-route vehicles in Gongabubus park.

As per the decision, no long-route vehicle was allowed to leave Kathmandu from places other than Gongabubus park.

A version of this article appears in print on September 01, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

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