Lack of parking space is an issue in many major Indian cities. When people don’t find a proper parking space for their vehicle, they usually park it on the road side and go. This creates a lot of problem to other road users and to stop people from parking their vehicles on road and create inconvenience, cops issue challans or even tow the vehicle from the spot. We have reported several cases where traffic police has towed the vehicle away while the passenger was in or on the vehicle. Here we have one such case where cops lifted the scooter from a no-parking zone with the owner sitting on it.
The video has been uploaded by Decode Trend on their YouTube channel. The video of the traffic police lifting the scooter from the no-parking zone has already gone viral on the internet. The incident happened in no-parking zone near Anjuman Complex in Nagpur on 22 July. In this video, a Honda Activa scooter can be seen lifted in the air using the crane. The rider of the scooter can be seen on it as well. The video says that the rider came and sat on the scooter after he saw that the authorities were going to lift his scooter.
The Activa rider came and sat on the scooter and it looks like that did not stop the authorities from lifting the scooter. They continued lifting the scooter and the rider can be seen talking to the crane operator as well. After the video went viral on the internet, there was pressure on the traffic police department to take action against the contractor for lifting the vehicle with the rider on it. It is not known whether any action has been taken against the contractor. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and traffic police is continuing with lifting of two-wheelers and cars from no-parking zones.
Earlier this year, a similar incident was reported from Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow. In this case, a Hyundai Santro car that was parked Janpath, Hazratganj in Lucknow. There were people sitting inside the car and the driver went out to just collect some item. At this time, a tow truck came to the spot and lifted the Santro while the passengers were in it. After the video of the incident became viral, Lucknow authorities banned the operations of all the cranes that were used to tow the vehicles from no-parking zones. As per the rule, a vehicle cannot be towed from a no-parking zone if there are occupants sitting inside the car. Once Mumbai police had towed a vehicle from no-parking zone with a women breast-feeding her child inside the car.
The cranes that are used to lift two-wheelers and cars from no-parking zones are normally operated by private contractors. These contractors are not always trained to handle the car or vehicles properly. There have been incidents, where such crane operators have damaged the bumper and ended up with other issues to the vehicle due to wrong technique for lifting vehicles.