Recently at the Delhi High Court, a doctors’ group refused to appeal to “all corona warriors” including healthcare staff, for suspending the e-challans provided for two phases of the lock-down of COVID-19.
Delhi Government Additional Standing Counsel Santosh Tripathi said that a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan urged the association to report to the Traffic Police on its appeals for guidelines on displaying the speed-limit signs and for the immediate intimation of breach of the violator.
The bench said that the authorities concerned would decide on such a representation as soon as possible and practicable in keeping with the laws and regulations.
As a result, the court threw out the plea that all the traffic signals did not work or were in auto-blink mode during the first two loading phases and that, thus, “the alleged traffic violations are without any justified ground and reason thereof”
The association, which is a Delhi Medical Association district affiliate, has confirmed that electronic challan are provided on their own basis.
“The traffic police has engaged in discriminatory practices by targeting the essential service providers by penalizing them without any application of mind during the lockdown,” said Shashank Deo Sudhi.
The petition demanded the establishment of detailed rules for the showing of speed limits signs apart from the waiver of traffic challans.
The petition contended that the National Capital has roads with several signs displaying differing speed limits from 70 km/h to 50 km/h within a 2 km stretch.
The signs are not even visible on certain highways, it is claimed.
The petition further argues that drivers are sometimes “victim of delayed intimation regarding the violation of traffic rules”
“In this respect, it is submitted that if the traffic police could have mechanism to intimate the owner of the vehicles within 24 hours, so that the alleged violators may be cautious in future in respect of the traffic violation and they may not commit the same offences time and again of similar nature,” the study states.
The police pursued directions for immediate information in electronic mode, preferably within 24 hours, as motors are normally made aware of this breach when e-challans are given after one month or two..