Hyderabad Traffic police are handing out free helmets instead of chalans to motorists who are violating traffic rules according to a report.
At a time when India is divided in its opinion on whether the hefty penalties under the new Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) are worthy, Telangana state has declared that it will not implement the new MVA in the state. The Rachkonda Traffic Police has introduced a unique initiative on Sunday, September 15. Cops are providing free helmets, insurance cover to motorists who don’t have them. They are also arranging pollution certificates for riders whose motorcycles and scooters are not certified.
According to Rachakonda police commissioner, Mahesh Bhagwat,
The Commissioner added that the intent is not to collect fines but to educate motorists to follow traffic rules for their own safety. In addition to the above documents, the police has also tied up with the Regional Transport Authorities and are booking slots for motorists who do not have a licence.
On Sunday, during the enforcement drive, the police found around 260 motorists violating the helmet law. Within a few days of its introduction, the initiative has gained widespread appreciation from across the country.
So, what do you think – is collecting hefty fines the solution or shall we take a leaf out of this Hyderabad Police’s initiative to ensure better traffic sense among motorists?
Source – The News Minute