Traffic rules are made for everyone to follow. These rules are made so that accidents can be avoided on the roads and the traffic system can work in a systematic manner. There are thousands of people violating these rules all over the country. The Police Department issues challans to the violators and collects fines from them.
MAN ON BICYCLE RECEIVED CHALLAN-
One such case occurred in Surat, Gujarat on a Thursday.
A 47-year-old man was riding his bicycle on the wrong side of the road on National Highway (NH) 53. The Surat Traffic Police then stopped the man and issued a challan and asked him to pay the fine as he violated the traffic rules.
WHAT DID THE MAN SAY ABOUT RECEIVING THE CHALLAN?
- The violator’s name is Rajbahadur Yadav. He is a 47-year-old daily wage laborer.
- He is a migrant worker in a textile unit in Gujarat. Yadav was on the wrong side of the road on a bicycle near Gabhani Crossroads close to Sachin DIGC highway.
“I was going to work on my bicycle and was on the wrong side near the Gabbhani intersection when the traffic police stopped me. He issued the challan and asked me to appear in court and pay the fine,” said the migrant wage earner.
- Rajbahadur Yadav earns Rs 400 on a daily basis. So, when he was asked to pay the fine the next day, he expressed his worries about the same.
One of Yadav’s relatives said, “I have seen for the first time that cyclists are punished for driving in the wrong direction.”
POLICE CITED THE WRONG SECTION-
- Initially, the traffic police official challaned Rajbahadur Yadav under Section 184 of the Motor Vehicles Act instead of the Gujarat Police Act.
- Under this section, the violator is charged for driving dangerously.
- The senior officers of the police department later corrected the mentioned section.
POLICE’S TAKE ON THE CASE-
- The police officials on the other hand are saying that issuing challan to the violator was important because acts like such lead to fatal accidents.
- They further added that cycling on the wrong side of the road is punishable.
- If the violators are not punished there is a high chance of dangerous road accidents occurring in the country very often.
“A cyclist cannot ride on the wrong side and anyone can be punished under the GP Act. The action of the policeman on duty was correct but the said section is wrong, ”said HD Mewada, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Traffic.