Set up mechanism to check abandoned vehicles: Government to police dept

  • | Thursday | 11th October, 2018

If no one comes forward, the police should stick a notice on the vehicle and even after the stipulated time of responding to the notice, lapses, the vehicle should be moved to a safe place.The police have also been asked to use the registration as well as engine numbers to track down the owners of such vehicles. The government has also asked the authorities to provide the complaint number to the complainant, and also make all the relevant details available on the respective websites of the city or district police across the state.The GR also directs the police to initiate action against the owners of such vehicles under section 82 of Maharashtra Police Act 1951. AURANGABAD: The state government, citing directives of the Bombay high court, has issued a government resolution (GR) to the state police to establish an independent mechanism for dealing with the menace of abandoned vehicles as well as those leaving their vehicles at unauthorized places.This mechanism, which also includes a helpline, has to be established in each of the respective police commissionerates and superintendent of police jurisdictions so that alert citizens can complain or even inform the police about such vehicles.The GR directs the police to start an independent helpline number, apart from using platforms like WhatsApp , independent email address and dial 100 for receiving complaints in regards to such vehicles.The state has also issued directives to the police to initiate action if the CCTV cameras catch a vehicle being parked in no parking or at an unauthorised place. Also the civic body has been directed to provide space for parking of these seized vehicles, while expenses for towing, guarding of these vehicles are to be recovered from the owner of the vehicle.The vehicles abandoned on the roads or haphazardly left, not only cause obstruction to the vehicles passing on the road, but only pose threat to the life of the commuters, read the government resolution issued on Tuesday.Giving out a list of steps to be followed, the GR directs the police department as well as the RTO authorities to work in coordination in dealing with the issue.The police department has been asked to record an independent report of each complaint or info received about the abandoned vehicle and deploy an officer of the rank not less than assistant police inspector for carrying out spot visit while carrying towing van, wheel clamp and public address system with him.The police have been asked to use public address system to announce and appeal the owner of the vehicle to come forward and claim the vehicle.

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