Mangaluru: The traffic police embarked on a drive against fancy number plates not adhering to the Motor Vehicles Act norms in the city here, on December 1.
The traffic police of Mangaluru East and Traffic Sub-Division were seen in action at the Koti Chennaya Circle and Jeppu and have seized two vehicles.
Speaking to Mangalorean.com, ACP of Traffic Sub-Division Uday Nayak said that many people do not follow the traffic rules. One car was found running with the speedometer reading of over 9000 kilometers without a number plate. The car was seized and a penalty will be imposed on the owner for not completing the registration formalities and running the vehicle on road without a number plate.
Another car, registered in Maharastra, was being used in Mangaluru from the past 8 months. When the car was spotted on the Jeppu-Jerosa road, the traffic police stopped the car for inspection. The driver of the vehicle did not carry any relevant documents. Later, the owner of the car arrived at the spot and produced the necessary documents.
A two-wheeler without number plates was also seized. The Mangaluru North Traffic Police under the leadership of ACP Uday Nayak registered 61 cases and collected Rs 7000 penalty.
The traffic police of Mangaluru East registered 75 cases and collected a penalty of Rs 7500. Speaking to mangalorean.com, Police Inspector Suresh Kumar said, “This will be a continuous process. We are trying to bring awareness among the people to follow the traffic rules. We are inspecting vehicles for defective registration plates. Fancy number plates are not allowed on any vehicles. We will remove those fancy number plates and a penalty of Rs 100 will be imposed. We will continue this process in and around the city. Anyone driving motor vehicles with registration number plates that do not conform to the specifications will be penalized.”
He further said that displaying single, double or triple digit numbers are not allowed. Zeros will have to be added before the number to match four digits, i.e 0001 or 0011, 0123, etc.
Many of the ministers and government officials have single or double digit number plates on their vehicles. They should hence forth comply with the traffic rules and replace their number plates accordingly.
Sub-inspector Shivakumar, PSI K Ramachandra, constable Vijay Shetty, Dayanand, Taslim Arif and Padmanabh K and were also present.