Now, lane driving a must on Delhi-Ggn eway at night too

  • | Tuesday | 5th December, 2023

Gurgaon: Traffic police will now enforce lane driving on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway round the clock. Before this, lane driving was enforced during the day. Cops will be deployed on the expressway even at night to enforce lane driving, officers said. The volume of commercial vehicles on the expressway increases after 10pm, when they are allowed inside the city and in Delhi.According to cops, a first-time offender will be imposed a fine of Rs 500, while they will face a fine of Rs 1,500 in case of a second violation. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed on the first two right lanes of the expressway.Violations of lane driving norms are rampant across the city, and the expressway is no exception. In the past two days, city traffic police have issued a total of 492 challans for violation of lane driving and imposed fines of Rs 3.6 lakh on violators.DCP (traffic) Virender Vij said they have started strict enforcement of lane driving for commercial vehicles from Kherki Daula toll to Sirhaul border on both sides of the expressway. Transporters have also been told to direct their drivers not to drive on the first two lanes on the right, otherwise they will be fined, the DCP added.Vij on Monday held a meeting with officials of the traffic department, including SHOs and traffic inspectors, and directed them to ensure complete compliance of lane driving. They have also been told to brief ZOs (zonal officers) too so that it can be implemented at night as well, he said.Hukam Chand Sharma, the president of Transporters Association of Gurgaon, said they have communicated the directive to their drivers.Adhering to lane driving is expected to reduce the number of fatal accidents. The habit of not following lane driving also causes traffic congestion, with commuters jumping from one lane to another. This obstructs the flow of traffic and slows down vehicular movement, leading to jams. Between January 1 and November 20 this year, a total of 396 people have died in 933 road accidents in the city, while 800 people suffered injuries. The traffic police has also written to all road construction agencies, including NHAI, PWD, GMDA and HSIIDC to ensure lane marking on the road. At present, there are no lane markings on many roads and highways.Every year, more than 5,000 people die in road accidents in Haryana on highways because vehicles, commercial ones in particular, do not follow lane driving. In Gurgaon, between 2017 and 2022, more than 2280 people have lost their lives on the citys roads. A majority of these people died on expressways and highways.According to police, around 1.6 lakh challans were issued by police across the state for violation of lane driving rules in 2022. More than 18,000 challans for the offence were issued in the city alone. Between January and June, around 9,800 challans have been issued in Gurgaon for lane change violations.Traffic police have issued directions to the transporters that commercial vehicles must be driven on the second-most left lanes of four-lane highways, or on the middle lane of three-lane highways.

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