Amritsar: With a view to further streamlining traffic system in the holy city, the city traffic police appear to be up in the arms. This is, however, writ large from the fact that during 2016, it challaned as many as 75,519 vehicle owners which consequently ensured a staggering income of Rs 2.33 crore to the state exchequer by way of collection of fines imposed upon the erring drivers during spot as well as court challans.
During the previous year in order to regulate traffic system in the holy city, four police officers of inspector rank were deployed as in-charges of the four zones in which the city had been divided. All over these zones 340 police personnel, both males and females, were deployed at the fixed spots on the roads. These employees of the city traffic police, however, tried to educate the erring vehicle drivers about the prevailing traffic rules and urged them to abide by them at any cost.
According to information, the maximum challans by the traffic police were executed during the month of January when 10,012 offenders were made to face the music which brought Rs 21.33 lakh to the state exchequer. In February, however, as many as 7,954 challans yielded earnings of Rs 22.98 lakh, followed by 6,704 in the corresponding month by way of which the exchequer was enriched by Rs 23.28 lakh.
In April last year traffic police detected 6,261 offenders who paid around Rs 21 lakh, while 6,059 in May and 6,625 in the month of June were asked to pay fines. Thus 6,812 in July and 5,889 in August had to bear the brunt, whereas 6,014 in September and 4,672 in the month of October were made to face the music. The number of offenders came slightly low to 4,533 in November while it ended up at 3,984 in the last month of the previous year.
Money collected by way of fines by traffic police also included the fines imposed upon those vehicle owners who had to pay the fine for parking their vehicles in ‘no parking zones.’
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