Everyone hates getting booked for traffic violations. But if you get ticketed for a driving or parking violation, you need to make sure that you pay the fine on time. Or you have to be prepared to welcome the police into your house and face embarrassment.
And mind you, if you still do not pay up, your vehicle will be seized and other punitive measures will follow including suspension of driving licence and other legal provisions.
The city police have launched a special drive to visit houses and check whether the vehicle parked inside is involved in a traffic violation or not. Armed with hi-tech Blackberries and a list of violators who have not paid traffic fines, constables and po¬lice officers are informing the vehicle owners to pay the fine immediately or face action. The drive has been launched at Devaraja, Narasimharaja and Krishnaraja traffic sub-divisions to identify and penalise the offenders.
“Once a traffic violation notice is sent, violators are expected to pay the fine within a stipulated time. What we have observed here is that the fines are never paid despite repeat notices. We are visiting the houses of such violators and warning them to pay up immediately,” said Traffic ACP Madaiah.
Traffic police visit parking lots to identify vehicles that have violation history and where owners have not paid fines.
“Non-payment of fines has become a headache for the department and it is a huge financial loss. We have launched the drive to cover up loss-es and our men are regularly visiting areas including Vontikoppal, Vidyaranyapuram, Kuvempunagar and other areas. All the traffic divisions are involved in the drive,” he said. The department has prepared a pending list and people who visit houses are equipped with them so that there are no arguments. “We want to create awareness and at the same time be strict on erring offenders,” Madaiah said.
“If the violators still don’t pay the fine, we will seize the vehicle and other legal measures will be initiated as per the Karnataka Motor Vehicle Act,” he added. Along with house visits, the police are also regularly checking park-ing lots to identify the vehicle that has been slapped with notices and where the owners have not paid fine. “The moment we flash the Blackberry devices on the vehicle’s number plate, the entire violation history is displayed. This will help us to take further action” Madaiah said.