B-Trac brings Rs 194 cr as traffic fine to govt kitty

Thanks to B-Trac, the City police, on Wednesday, said the department has accrued close to Rs 194 crore by way of fines since its introduction in 2005-06.

The B-Trac programme has resulted in introduction of cameras, lane marking and signages to improve implementation of traffic rules and regulations in the City.

The police booked a whopping 51 lakh cases in a single year of  2012, mostly of wrong parking (over 14 lakh cases), collecting fines to the tune of Rs 53 crore.

According to Indian Institute of Science’s CiSTUP Chairman Prof T G Sitharam, the numbers were to speak for themselves. The B-Trac initiative has yielded good results with number of violations being caught by traffic police and penalty increasing each day.

Submitting a report to Bangalore police suggesting some minor changes in the functioning of B-Trac, Sitharam called for allocation of bigger portion of traffic fines to traffic police department.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), M A Saleem said the department will urge the government to provide them funding from traffic fines collected, for their improvement. The CiSTUP report also suggested that traffic police revamp the ‘signage’ system.

“During field visits it was found that most signages on City roads were too cluttered and needed to be distanced, besides  a fresh look given to this programme,.” Sitharam said.

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