Cops are now PAINTING number plates to restrict vehicle movement during Corona Lockdown

The 21-day lockdown period will end on 14th April 2020 officially. However, the cops and authorities are finding it difficult to make understand people that staying inside the home is necessary to contain the spread of the deadly virus. Tamil Nadu Police have come up with a unique solution to ensure a minimal number of vehicles on the roads during the lockdown period. They have now started painting the vehicles in different shades of colours.

What purpose the different colours serve? Well, the cops plan to implement a new rule under which only vehicles with a particular colour will be allowed on the roads. It is similar to the odd-even rule that was implemented recently to bring the pollution under control but the Tamil Nadu cops are doing it in a different way.

The cops on the road are stopping the vehicles and are putting yellow colour on the edge of the number plates of the two-wheelers and cars on Day 1. On the following day, they put a red colour on the vehicles. Later, more colours are expected to be used by the cops.

Beginning next week, the cops will allow the vehicles with a particular colour mark on them on a day. For example, the vehicles with yellow colour on them will be able to come out on the roads while the next day, only the vehicles with red colour will be able to come out. We are not sure how many colours will be used by the cops and why they have complicated the process so much. In a video, the cops can be seen using the colours very generously on the two-wheelers. A few cops are even putting colours on the body of the riders. We are not sure why they are doing that.

Cops are now PAINTING number plates to restrict vehicle movement during Corona Lockdown

DCP of Salem, Senthilkumar said,

“We accept that people have to come out to buy their essentials. But they need not be out there every day. We are restricting it to just twice a week and that too between 6 am and 1 pm when shops are allowed to function,”

If a particular coloured vehicle comes out on a wrong day, the vehicle will get seized by the cops. The owner will have to pay the fine in the court and since it is a lockdown, even the courts are not open. So if the cops seize the vehicles, it will be available only after the lockdown lifts up. It is not known if the cops will also seize the vehicles that are not coloured or will put the colour of the day on it. Well, this new procedure can get implemented across the state, if the experiment becomes successful. Currently, this is being done only in a few areas including Salem.

Shantonil Nag

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