Breaking traffic rules? Puneities, now pay Rs 720 as fine for parking violation
Pune: Motorists who park their vehicles in a haphazard manner around the city and block traffic or are guilty of other parking violations will now shell out as much as Rs 460 for two-wheelers while the fine for four-wheelers has gone up to Rs 720.
The DCP of Traffic Department, Rahul Shrirame, said, “The contract with a towing crane company, which picks up vehicles violating traffic rules, had an agreement with the government in 2019. According to the agreement, they have increased the towing fee by 10 per cent per annum.”
The towing fee has been increased by the concerned company. A fine of Rs 200 is levied by the traffic police for a two-wheeler or a four-wheeler in a no-parking area. Earlier, a fine of Rs 200 additionally Rs 200 for two-wheeler towing and Rs 36 for Goods and Services Tax (GST) totalling the amount Rs 436 was levied. Now it has been increased by Rs 20 for two-wheeler towing and Rs 40 for four-wheeler towing.
Meanwhile, the GST has also gone up. So now two-wheeler drivers will have to pay Rs 220 each for towing, Rs 200 fine and Rs 40 GST. This makes a total of Rs 460. On the other side, a total of Rs 720 will be levied for drivers of four-wheelers, which includes Rs 440 for towing, Rs 200 fine and Rs 80 as GST.
Traffic officials hope that if the offender’s wallet is lightened significantly, he/she will think twice before breaking the law again. To ensure proper compliance of parking rules in the city, the traffic branch of Pune police in 2019 acquired 35 modern hydraulic towing vans. The hydraulic pickup vans are stationed at strategic locations around the city and aid respective traffic divisions on disciplining the traffic on city roads.