- Motorists irked as cops crack down on cars with sun films
MUMBAI: The Western India Automobiles Association (WIAA) has said it is considering approaching the Supreme Court (SC) to seek a revision of its order, which banned the use of sun film on car windows.
Nitin Dossa, executive chairman of WIAA, told HT on Monday that the traffic police crackdown on vehicles with sunfilms has riled motorists in general, and members of the association in particular. “Ever since the crackdown began, our headquarters has been receiving 200 calls per day from anxious members complaining about police action. Even vehicles whose windows have 80% transparency are being penalised,” Dossa said. He said the WIAA will check the bona fides of the order to find out if police action is justified. “I have applied for a copy of the order from the RTO to see what the court has exactly said,” Dossa said. He added that the WIAA will move the SC if the action is inconsistent with the order.
Brijesh Singh, additional commissioner of police, traffic, said car owners who wish to get rid of sun glare can install tinted glasses of approved quality (made by authorised manufacturers). “These custom-made glasses have 70% visibility for front and rear, and 40% visibility on either sides,” he said. However, Dossa pointed out that this was not a feasible solution. “Tinted glass costs 20 times more than ordinary glass. Not everyone can afford it. That is the why people go for films, which are cheaper to mount and give protection from heat and light,” he said.
Meanwhile, the traffic police have made it clear that not a shred of film will be allowed on car windows and windshields. Those caught will have to pay Rs100 as fine, and will have to deposit their driving licences with the police till the film is removed. “The SC order is very clear. Not even one per cent of lamination (in terms of opacity) by films is allowed,” Singh said.
- Tinted glass drive: Cops fine 4,448, net Rs4.5 lakh
- In an extensive drive against four-wheelers using tinted glasses, the Mumbai traffic police booked and fined 4,448 motorists across the city in the last two days.
On Thursday, the traffic police fined 1,623 persons, and on Friday, 2,825. A total fine of Rs4,44,800 has been collected from motorists who were found to be flouting the Supreme Court’s order against the use of tinted glasses on their vehicles. Read more...
- Source: www.dnaindia.com
- Yet another fatal accident claims an innocent life. Can Mumbaikar afford to be callous about road safety
- An 18-year-old model-cum-actress was killed in a tragic car accident at Juhu Circle on Friday morning. While police found a badly damaged Honda City crashed against a lamppost at the spot and arrested the driver, in the absence of eyewitness account, it is not yet clear as to what exactly happened.In his statement to the police, Purvesh Patkar (25), who was at the wheel, has denied hitting the deceased, identified as Neealm Bharadwaj. He told the cops that a Mahindra Xylo, which could have run into the girl, suddenly came in his way, forcing him to take a sharp turn and eventually crash against the lamppost.Lokhandwala resident Neelam had spent the previous night at her cousin's place in Oshiwara and was going to meet her sister-in-law, a senior pilot with a private airline, at Hotel Orchid when the mishap took place, police said.Though a lot of people gathered around the injured girl, no one made the effort to take her to a hospital till the cops arrived at the scene. Police took Neelam to Cooper hospital, where she succumbed to the injuries. Read more...
- Source: www.mumbaimirror.com
- Rash Driving increases every Year
- India's record in road deaths has touched a new low, as toll rose to at least 14 deaths per hour in 2008 against 13 the previous year.The total annual deaths due to road accidents has crossed 1.18 lakh, according to the latest report of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).While trucks/lorries and two-wheelers were responsible for over 40% deaths, the rush during afternoon and evening hours were the most fatal phases.Traffic experts are alarmed over the shooting trend of fatalities on roads between 2003 and 2008, and progressive states having a significant share of road fatalities.While the toll was only 84,430 in 2003, it crossed 1.18 lakh in 2008, an increase of nearly 40%. Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu reported 12%, 11% and 10.8% of total road accident deaths in the country.
- Source: http://freedrivingtest.in/recent-road-accident-deaths-in-india.html