For some time now, traffic police around the country have been serving challan notices to even VIP dignitaries. Several of the VIP cars involved in any traffic offences have been reported by social media users while a few of them have been caught by the automated traffic cameras installed in various cities now. The latest case in this list is of Haryana’s director general of police (DGP) Manoj Yadava where a challan was issued against one of his cars for breaking traffic rules. According to a report by Hindustan Times, the car registered in the name of DGP office was found committing several traffic offences and caught in the move by a social media user.
The car that was issued a challan is a white Maruti Suzuki Ciaz seen in the image above. The case came into light when Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) Chandigarh president Gaurav Goel tweeted a picture of a Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. He took the picture of this white Ciaz at Labour Chowk at around 11.50 am on Thursday. As can be seen here, the windows of the car are tinted which is a punishable offence according to motor vehicle rules. According to the Teet, the driver and co-passenger were also not wearing seat belts. The tweet read:
Just saw this car at Sector 32-20 roundabout. Covered red lights, film/Net at rear & side wind screen. Driver & Co-Driver not wearing seat belt. Fearless persons.
However Several prominent officials and politicians were also tagged in the tweet including the senior superintendent of police (SSP, Traffic) Shashank Anand, MP Kirron Kher, Chandigarh BJP leader Sanjay Tandon and the home ministry. Though sources said the car belonged to an IPS officer from Haryana police, the DGP later clarified that he did not personally use the car. He further added that he would look into the matter and the errant official will be punished after inquiries. According to the DGP, every vehicle used by Haryana police officials is registered under the office of the DGP.
After the tweet began gaining traction, the traffic police reacting quickly, traffic police issued a traffic violation information slip (TVIS) postal challan on Thursday for the car. In a response from the traffic police handle. DGP Manoj Yadava said
Every vehicle used by Haryana police officials is registered under the office of the DGP. We will find out who was driving this vehicle. The officer in question will be pulled up and will be made to pay the fine out of his own pocket.
According to the report, the traffic police officials said that the challan will be sent by post to the DGP’s office in Sector 4 Panchkula and a fine worth Rs. 1,000 imposed. According to the police officials, no net or film to darken the mirrors can be put up in the car as it is a violation and a challan under section 177 of the Motor Vehicle Act is issued for that. As already mentioned, the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz may not be directly linked to the DGP but to see that quick action is being taken against VIPs is a bad sign for the traffic rules violates in the country. Using tinted films was banned several years back by the Supreme Court over security concerns but even now a few cars can be seen sporting them.