Traffic Cops must book all kinds of violators
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Traffic Cops must book all kinds of violators

May 20, 2024


Despite the diligent efforts of our Traffic Police, there persists a significant number of blatant violations of traffic rules by habitual rules violators, one of the most concerning being the improper display of vehicle registration number plates.

According to the Motor Vehicles Act (MV Act, 1989), specifically Rule 50 and 51, there are clear specifications regarding the size, font and location of both front and rear letters and numerals on vehicle number plates. The act explicitly prohibits fancy lettering and the display of names, pictures or any other art on the number plate.

Unfortunately, it is common to find vehicles on the road with fancy lettering and numerals of varying sizes, making it difficult for enforcement officers and bystanders to decipher the registration numbers.

Additionally, many two-wheelers are observed without any number plate at all, posing a serious challenge in identifying and penalising offenders in case of accidents or violations.

In instances where a vehicle with an illegible number plate is involved in an accident, bystanders face significant challenges in recording the registration number, allowing the erring riders to evade legal consequences.

Despite having well-defined rules and regulations aimed at promoting traffic discipline, there appears to be a gap in implementation due to a lackadaisical approach by the authorities.

There should be  more proactive approach from the Traffic Police, not only in conducting customary checks for helmet-less riders but also in systematically verifying vehicles for compliance with all regulations, including proper display of registration number plates.

Addressing this issue will not only enhance road safety but also contribute to the overall discipline and orderliness of our traffic system.

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– K. Chandrahas, Mysuru, 14.5.2024

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