The Hyderabad Traffic Police is conducting a drive against tampered registration plates on vehicles plying in the city, and no less than 940 vehicle owners have been fined for having tampered number plates. Criminal cases have been filed against these vehicle owners under some severe sections of the Indian penal code that includes forgery and cheating. The Hyderabad police also registered 363 cases against violators for driving without a number plate. This drive has been happening for the last 2 days, and will go on for some more days. The Hyderabad police is also warning offenders that tampering with vehicle registration plates could get the violators arrested.
For the past year or so, the Hyderabad Traffic Police department has come down heavily on traffic rule violators. Camera traps catch various violations, and fines are sent directly to vehicle owners. Many vehicle owners have been busted with accumulated fines of over Rs. 50,000 in the past few months. To beat the system, motorists in Hyderabad are deliberately tampering with vehicle registration plates, in an effort to continue violating traffic rules by fooling the camera traps. This has led the Hyderabad police to launch a massive drive against tampered registration plates.
KVP Raju, a traffic inspector with the Hyderabad police told ETAuto,
Several motorists are found driving with improper number plates, while others are found tampering with their number plates to evade challans. Many are caught using fake number plates. All these offences are being restricted through the special drive that we are conducting in the city,” he said. “While we conduct regular checks on such violations, a focused drive has been going on for some time now.
Additional commissioner of police (traffic), Hyderabad, Anil Kumar said,
To curb the menace, criminal cases of forgery and cheating are being registered against vehicle owners apart from imposing challans on them. Majority motorists who were booked in the past two days are youngsters. Most try to fold the high-security number plates, apply grease or paint numbers to avoid challans. Apart from number plate violations, we are also checking whether the vehicles have all the proper documents, and the driver has a valid license.
Hyderabad has seen a spate of high speed road accidents in the past couple of years. Many high profile car owners have succumbed to such crashes. With speeding being one of the top traffic offences in the city, police officials are now taking serious measures to curb this dangerous behavior across segments of vehicle owners.