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The Mumbai Traffic Police has issued challans and collected fines to the tune of Rs 9 crore from those who have violated lockdown rules in the city. Lockdown rules dictated that no one outside of healthcare & emergency services, and essential services were allowed on public roads.
The fines have been collected by local policing authorities between 23 March and 13 May while the city was under full lockdown. 36,248 two-wheeler owners were fined for not following the Government's orders, 11,611 for not carrying valid documents, and 6,354 people were fined for driving without a license. Interestingly, 73,735 two-wheeler owners were fined for not wearing a helmet.
The Mumbai Traffic Department says that a total of 2,09,188 challans have been issued since the lockdown has been in effect and that a total of 3,37,136 people have been fined for violating traffic rules. The Traffic Departments has also confiscated vehicles during this period, and the total collection is expected to increase once the vehicles are released from being impounded.
The Rajasthan Police has collected fines to the amount of Rs 5 crore from 1.28 lakh owners of vehicles that were seized during the lockdown. While there is no information just yet about the amount of fine collected from other cities, the Telangana and Bangalore Police Departments have begun returning seized vehicles to owners.
The Telangana State Police has seized about 1.2 lakh vehicles since the lockdown began, 1.1 lakh of which are two-wheelers. In addition, the State confiscated 4881 three-wheelers, and 539 other classifications of vehicles.
Police Departments across multiple States have said that they were forced to take steps like confiscation of vehicles, and issuing of challans during the lockdown. The Departments said that they had been requesting people not to leave their homes over a fair period of time before being forced to take more strict measures to enforce Government mandates.
Police Departments across some States have also been monitoring major routes in their respective States, and have been arresting people that have strayed out of their homes for no apparent reason except to defy the lockdown rules.
Rules and restrictions have been eased over the last couple of days with the aim of restarting the economy, but the Police say that there are still incidents of people flouting rules and other traffic laws.
Thoughts About The Rs 9 Crore Collected In Fines Buy The Mumbai Traffic Police Department
We can't help but chuckle at this entire situation. Indians, as usual, do not take most things seriously. The country is nowhere close to controlling the Covid-19 virus, especially in the State of Maharashtra. Well, at least the Police Department is still making some on the side, thanks to the stupidity of the city's citizens.