Parking fine fetches Rs 5 lakh in 4 days

Whether the increase in the fine for improper parking in the city — from Rs 100 to Rs 600 — has led to more disciplined commuters is debatable, but it has contributed immensely to the government exchequer.

Over the past four days, the traffic police has challaned 913 vehicles for improper parking and collected Rs 5, 25,300 in fine.

The figure is expected to rise even more since this is the festive season, said police sources.

The traffic police zeroed in on seven stretches — Ring Road (between Moolchand and AIIMS), Outer and Inner circles of Connaught Place, Vikas Marg, Sector 4/12 and 6/10 markets in Dwarka and the main carriageway Chandni Chowk. The drive will now be extended to cover the entire Chandini Chowk market and Karol Bagh, police said.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Satyendra Garg said, "We focused on seven spots, particularly market areas. When people don't find space to park, they leave their cars on the road, blocking traffic. Hence, we decided to increase the fine to Rs 600, excluding the tow-away charges. If any car is found to be improperly parked, it will be towed away and a challan will be issued."

The tow-away charges will be extra — Rs 100 for two-wheelers and Rs 200 for cars.

The traffic police will also start pasting notices on improperly parked vehicles to ensure that the offender is brought to book.

At present, the constable waits for the vehicle owner to come and then issue a challan or tow away the vehicle.

"The notice will have two copies — one will be pasted on the vehicle and the counterfoil will be with police. Based on this record, a notice will be sent to the offender's address and the person will be given 30 days to pay the fine, failing which a court summons would follow," Garg said.

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