Over 12,000 drivers fined on Mumbai-Pune Expressway for violating traffic rules

In the last two months, around 12,377 drivers were fined for violating traffic rules on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. The information was provided by Palaspe Centre Assistant Police Inspector in charge, Subhash Pujari

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Every year during monsoon, the Mumbai-Pune Expressway becomes an accident-prone spot as the drivers fail to comply with traffic rules which eventually risks the lives of the fellow travellers. Despite the Highway Police's strict policy against the offenders, the undisciplined drivers do not seem to comply with the safety regulations.

With the Highway Police taking action against the offenders, it was discovered that more than 12,000 offenders had by fined for violating the regulations. The Palaspe Centre Assistant Police Inspector in charge, Subhash Pujari said that they had taken action against a total of 12,377 drivers and had collected fine worth ₹20 lakh within two months.

Along with charging fine, the police officer added that they have forwarded a proposal to the authorities asking for permission to suspend licenses and permits of the drivers for lane-cutting on the expressway.

The highway police had undertaken a special program to bring down the accidents caused on the Expressway due to lane-cutting and overtaking in July 2019. Accordingly, within two months, the police officials had collected fine of ₹20.71 lakh from the defaulters.

On the other hand, the police have been emphasising on the implementation of the e-challan system to ensure that the process becomes easier for them. But in the last six months, the traffic police has been unable to retrieve fines worth ₹40.97 lakh that were issued as e-challans. The drivers have failed to pay fines ranging from ₹10,000 to ₹2.5 lakh.

Therefore, the officials have claimed that if the drivers don't pay the fine, they will receive a phone call asking them to pay the fine at earliest. However, if people still fail to pay the due fine, their vehicles will be seized.

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