Cops Crack Down on Vehicles with Tinted Windows
Mangaluru: As part of the “Road Safety Week”, city traffic police cracked down on vehicles with tinted windows near Light House Hill Road (Opposite to the Mosque), while yet another squad of traffic cops nailed two-wheeler riders zooming by without helmets near Ambedkar Circle (Jyothi Circle). A large number of vehicles, especially cars with tinted glasses and screens still continue to ply across the city, flouting Motor Vehicles Act, which restricts the use of tinted glass and screens. Though the City traffic police started a crackdown on vehicles having tinted glass when the law came into force, but later the enforcement had ended in a whimper. Long distance private buses and small chartered buses were and still seen openly covering their windows with screens and using tinted glasses. Seems like both police and authorities of regional transport office had turned a blind eye towards the issue, jeopardizing the issue of safety of women. Stricter enforcement is lacking. When the police started cracking the whip on tinted glass, they did not touch buses. Only small vehicles like cars were targeted.
The Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989, say the glasses of windscreen and rear windows of vehicles should have a visual light transmission of 70 per cent and for side windows it should be at least 50 per cent. During the drive today, the cops were able to catch seven cars with tinted glass, and were fined Rs 100 each-which I think is very low for owners who can afford to buy a luxury car. The fines should be high, then only we can come down with traffic offence. A fine of Rs 100 for a vehicle parked in a ‘No Parking Zone’ is nothing, for a guy who will park his car and goes for a few chilled ones at a local pub, and happily come out and offer his Rs 100 gift to cop as “Parking Fine?”.
A few two-wheeler riders were fined for not wearing helmets, even pillion riders. Not a good afternoon for a student of the prestigious college near Light House Road, who after finishing his exams was heading towards Jyothi was stopped by the cops, and was slapped with fines for many reasons- riding without helmet, having a pillion rider without helmet, carrying no original documents, and the major offence, being only 17 years old, when the legal age for riding a two-wheeler is 18 years- and also if the cops find out that the the owner of the scooter was someone else other than the driver-that would be Rs 1000 fine alone. With all these traffic violations, this “kid rider” may land up paying big bucks in fines, totaling over Rs 1500. But he did learn a lesson?
So all you motorists out there, please follow the traffic rules- and the cops are ready to get you if you break the laws- and remember it is “Road Safety Week” -that means the Traffic Cops will be more alert and active “at least for a week”- you know what I mean?
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