Cops to wait for 5 minutes before towing away vehicles

The traffic police will not immediately tow away your vehicles for violating the no-parking rule. They will instead issue a public warning to tow away the vehicle if the owner doesn’t turn up in five minutes, Bengaluru Police Commissioner Praveen Sood has said. If the vehicle owner turns up by then, they can take back the vehicle by paying a fine of Rs 100 and collecting the receipt.

But if they doesn’t show up in the stipulated time, the vehicle will be towed away and they will have to pay the fine as well as the towing charge. Sood said the decision followed public complaints that police were towing away vehicles without any warning or sometimes in places without no-parking boards.

He said the decision had been conveyed to senior traffic police officers who would start enforcing it in the coming days. Additionally, police are circulating a short film on ‘What to do and what not to do when your vehicle is towed’ on social media, the police commissioner added.

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