“Achhe Din” for Traffic Police Department

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News channel and media have been reporting about a man who got challaned RS 23,000 and his vehicle costed him 15,000. Does this even make sense??

There is a lot of hype regarding the new challan rules that are to be implemented. With 63 clauses of the motor vehicles (Amendment) Act,2019, effect from September 1, 2019, fine of various traffic violations range anywhere from RS 1000 to RS 5000 going up to RS 10,000 plus imprisonment and in some cases the vehicle being impounded. This should put the fear of god in most people and a cause of celebration for the cops?

Sunny days ahead indeed! It’s like a party with a piñata that is bottomless. Loot bags provided courtesy by the administration.

With all due respect, as much as I would like to believe that there are some “honest” policemen out there, reality is contradictory.

It’s a vicious circle.

Low pay scale, escalating costs, increasing demands and a sorry state of affairs in its entirety; and greed.

Today my friend was driving to meet me for coffee, she came late and before I could whine about it, she blurted out how she got pulled over by cops for talking on the phone (apparently to me) while driving. Since I was already writing about the new regulations I was curious to know what transpired next. She told me she slipped a 500 rupee note as its better than the hassle of getting the challan sorted.

It’s that easy. People who can afford it will get away with it, and those who cannot shall bear the brunt. Yes, law and order needs to be implemented, but what all this unaccountable money?

Has bribing become such an integral part of our lives that we don’t even consider it wrong to bribe someone or receive it? what has attributed to this scenario?

When someone has broken the law, he is fined 500 (as per the old rate) so the cop lets him get away with say 50 or at the most 100 bucks.

NOW, it’s a whole new ball game. Stakes are high, I mean who wants to get their car impounded or worse license suspended? So now 200 to 400 should be easy to make per offender. I don’t even need to do the math to realize who the “beneficiary” is.

It is make hay while the sun shines in traffic-land. I wish these were just hearsay but its factual first-hand information from own experiences and of others.

At least “someone’s” economy will thrive.

Disclaimer: We do not intend to show any department or police personnel in a bad light. We would like to highlight the opportunity created for some corrupt officers who have defamed the entire traffic police department. 

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