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December 7, 2012

Pay heftier fines for illegal parking

NEW DELHI: Be ready to pay heftier fines from next week if you park your car at a noparking zone on a few select arterial roads and congested marketplaces.
The traffic police have added central Delhi’s Baba Kharak Singh Marg and south Delhi’s August Kranti Marg and Malviya Nagar to the list of areas where one has to pay R800 for improper parking instead of the existing R300.
This fine is already in place at Vikas Marg, Chandni Chowk, Dwarka, Outer Circle of Connaught Place and Ring Road since October 22.
Traffic police officers said they were invoking certain provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act to levy heavy penalty on motorists.
“People often park their vehicles haphazardly, especially when their visit to a place is expected to be short. But these short visits cause major problems for other motorists. We have found that heavy penalty does deter such motorists,” said a senior traffic police officer.
Since the traffic police are ill-equipped to tow away bigger cars such as SUVs, the motorists will be issued an illegal parking ticket of R500, which he will have to pay in court. If the driver is sitting in the car, the traffic police will issue him R500 penalty ticket instead of towing away the car.
“Right now, these penalties will be restricted to eight arterial roads. Later, based on our available resources, we will impose them on other busy roads as well,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
As per the existing system, traffic police slap a fine of R100 for illegal parking. R200 more is charged if the car is towed away. As per the new penalty structure, the police will impose a fine of R100 under Section 177 (improper parking) and R500 under Section 179 (obstruction and disobeying lawful directions) of the Motor Vehicle Act.
In addition to this, R200 more will be charged if the car is towed away.
Penalty for illegally parked two-wheelers has not been increased, a traffic officer said.

Source: Hindustan Times, Delhi Edition, (07.12.2012)

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