Traffic police collects Rs.7.89 lakh in 10 months
Imphal, October 13: Traffic police has been able to contribute Rs 7,89,590 to the exchequer of the state government in a span of 10 months. The amount was collected as fines from violators of traffic rules under the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 enforced in the whole of the state.
An official source from the traffic police said that during the current year from January to September, a total of 9758 cases related with violation of traffic rules under the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 were taken up and Rs 7,89,590 as fine was collected from the violators.
Most of the cases were related with the driving of motorcycles and mopeds without helmets, driving without mandatory documents like driving licences and tax payment receipts, carrying more people than the actual capacity, overloading, etc.
Citing month-wise records, the source said that in January, a total of 2,501 cases were taken up from which a total amount of Rs 2,37,750 was collected as fines. A total of Rs 1,28,900 was collected from 1,409 cases in February, Rs 80,500 from 897 cases in March, Rs 1,37,350 from 1,439 cases in April, Rs 35,240 from 393 cases in May, Rs 44,450 from 1,429 cases in June, Rs 27,200 from 370 cases in July, Rs 54,400 from 797 cases in August and Rs 43,800 from 525 cases in September.
In the previous year 2009, they had collected Rs 14,77,300 from 21,471 cases as against the collection of Rs 2,22,500 from 3495 cases in 2008.The fines were collected through TR-5 after cases were registered against the violators. They also furnished month-wise reports of cases taken up and fines collected to the office of the Imphal west district SP. The SP office then deposited the amount to the government account at the treasury office, the source disclosed. Meanwhile, an official of the traffic police observed that the habit of breaking traffic rules seems to be ingrained in the heads of most of the people in the state. If people are aware of the traffic rules and obey them, the traffic congestion in Imphal city, mostly in the market areas and also the frequent motor-vehicle related accidents could be control led to a certain extent, he opined.
Even top government bureaucrats and officers violate traffic rules. As such, traffic police faces difficulties in enforcing the rules and regulation framed under the Motor Vehicles Act 1988.