In the middle of nowhere

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In the middle of nowhere

There are many instances when a motorist suddenly stops in traffic for someone to get off. 

Despite the number of accidents in the City, this trend continues. Bangaloreans speak about the confusing situation while authorities clarify that they are keeping a close watch.

There are many stretches in the City where people get off in the middle of traffic like the stretch from Bellary Road to RT Nagar, says Niranjan Rao. “Traffic piles up in both directions on this stretch and one can often see trucks stopped in front of retail stores, unloading goods and creating a jam. 

   Also, autorickshaws halt in the middle of the road for passengers to get off and start quibbling over the fare with them,” he details. He says that this lack of discipline can be seen at many places, especially on roads with heavy traffic like Brigade Road, Lavelle Road and the Vittal Mallya Road junction. 

One can also see parents stopping in front of schools and chatting with their children before dropping them off, says Pooja S, a young professional. 

   “This happens even when there is a ‘No Parking’ signboard. The worst part is that they are not scared of the traffic police and sometimes even argue with the cops,” she points out. 

The most common excuse one uses is that there are no signboards to show where one can or cannot stop. “We need boards that clearly state ‘No Parking’ from the beginning of the stretch to the end so that people don’t make this excuse.

 Specifications like how many metres one cannot park need to be mentioned on these boards,” says Farhan, a management student. He says that this offence is common in all commercial areas where there are shops and people stop for shopping quickly.

Karthik Nitin, an event manager, says that apart from the ‘No Parking’ signboards, the City also needs ‘No Stopping’ signboards. “Anyone who is driving will be alarmed and panic if someone suddenly stops in front as when the traffic is moving, certain speed needs to be maintained. This can lead to accidents,” he says. 

   Karthik points out that there are many signboards in the City which say ‘Do Not Drink and Drive’ or ‘Follow Traffic Signals’ but the traffic police needs to erect boards of ‘No Stopping’ also. 

   “Basic refresher or training courses about these rules should be given to all drivers in the City,” he adds.

Talk to the authorities and they say they have been doing their share to keep the situation under control. M Lakshminarayana says that ‘No Parking’ zones are identified by the traffic police department and erecting these boards is the BBMP’s job. “Many spots have been identified in commercial spaces around the Central Business District area. These places now have new boards,” claims Lakshminarayana.

B Dayananda, additional commissioner of police (traffic), says that stopping randomly either for people to get off or to unload goods is considered a ‘No Parking’ offence, the fine for which is Rs 100. 

   “It is fine if the vehicle moves away fast or if there is an emergency. But any activity that causes confusion on the road is a traffic offence,” he says. 

   Dayananda says that 14,91,071 cases were registered in 2012, 19,95,010 cases in 2013 and 3,39, 336 cases in 2014 (till March-end) as ‘No Parking’ offences, which included people stopping randomly.

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