Traffic rule violation: MVD gets Rs 7.35 crore as fine
Kochi: Around 1.83 lakh vehicles have been caught in the CCTV cameras set up by the Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) to find out traffic violaters. The vehicles were caught in the cameras installed on national highways and major junctions in the state.
The figures were collected in a period between January and November 2018. Overspeed and traffic signal violation were mostly detected in the cameras. The MVD officers said they have issued notice to the concerned vehicles levying a fine of Rs 400 each.
Upto 150-250 vehicles are caught in the camera on a single day for violating the signals. Many persons were penalised for using mobile phone while driving, not wearing seatbelts and driving with more persons. The government will get a sum of Rs 7.35 crore as penalty.
A total of 69,729 vehicles received the notice of MVD officials in October and this is the highest number issued in the year. Keltron is in charge of issuing the notice of penalty. Most of them have paid the fine, said MVD officers.
Some of the vehicles are required to remit more than one penalty. If a vehicle owner does not pay the fine and violate a traffic rule again, the fine gets multiplied. Those who ignore the signals are asked to pay the fine more than once.
The MVD used to issue notices to traffic violators. However, the process was slowed down as the department has only limited number of staff. With this, the task was entrusted to Keltron and they appointed separate staff for the purpose.
It has been decided to proceed with revenue recovery procedures against those who are not willing to pay the fine despite receiving notice twice. Strict action will be taken against those who fail to pay the fine after being caught in the camera.