Odd-even: Police fine 152 till noon

New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) A total of 152 motorists were fined till Monday afternoon for violating the odd-even traffic scheme aimed at battling pollution, police said.

This appeared to be a sharp drop from the 1,714 violations reported on Friday, when the second phase of the odd-even scheme began, and Saturday. The scheme is not applicable on Sundays.

Hundreds of thousands of diesel and petrol driven private vehicles with odd registration numbers went off the roads in the capital on Monday.

Police said the maximum of 36 challans were issued in east Delhi, followed by southern range (29 challans), southwest (28), central (23), north (22) and New Delhi range with 14 challans.

The violations were reported till 1 p.m. Each violator was fined Rs.2,000.

The first phase of the scheme ran from January 1 to 15. The second phase will run from April 15 to 30, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. except on Sundays.

The scheme allows private vehicles plying on diesel and petrol and with odd registration numbers to run on odd dates and those with even numbers on even dates.

The scheme is not applicable to vehicles using compressed natural gas, two-wheelers, women motorists and several categories of VIPs.

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