Fewer violators booked in 2018 by BTP

The traffic police collected Rs 81.3 crore in fines from offenders in 2018, wherein the year 2017, they collected Rs 112 crore, and Rs 66.9 crore in the year 2016. DH file photo

With the number of vehicles on the road increasing by the day, mobility in the city is taking a hit. 

Consequently, the BTP's (Bengaluru Traffic Police) focus has now shifted to traffic management from enforcement, thanks to the rising traffic congestion. 

This explains why the BTP registered fewer cases of traffic violations in the year 2018, compared to the previous years.

83.9 lakh traffic violations were registered in 2018 as against the 1.1 crore cases filed in 2017. In 2016, the police booked 91 lakh cases.

The traffic police collected Rs 81.3 crore in fines from offenders in 2018, wherein the year 2017, they collected Rs 112 crore, and Rs 66.9 crore in the year 2016.

“The reason for the fall in the number of cases in 2018 is the change in our strategy. We are now focusing on regulation than enforcement,” P Harishekaran, additional commissioner of police (traffic), told DH. 

“If we regulate the traffic properly, enforcement will be easier. If there are police personnel in junctions, then offences will come down too. Just registering cases will not have any impact on traffic regulation,” he added.

Bengaluru’s vehicle population has spiked to 79 lakh of late. But, there has not been a proportionate increase in the number of traffic police personnel to manage the traffic. There are just 4,600 officers in the city’s 44 traffic police stations, 662 short of the sanctioned strength of 5,262. As many as 280 vacancies were filled recently.  

“To book violators we have installed CCTV cameras in all the major junctions across the city. We have a well-equipped traffic management centre, which will book cases based on the CCTV footage. This will further help traffic enforcement, and our personnel can better regulate the traffic.”

According to the BTP, the city has 175 CCTV cameras in major junctions, which are connected to the traffic management centre on Queens Road.

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