- Post Report, Kathmandu
The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) has booked 1,050 traffic rules violators in the last seven months using Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in Kathmandu. The Division strictly enforced CCTV surveillance in Keshar Mahal Marg, Gaushala, Jamal, Thapathali, Singha Durbar, New Baneshwor, Chabahil, Bouddha; Durbarmarg-Jai Nepal Naxal Road and other areas from February 8.
The traffic authority has installed 460 CCTV cameras on these roads to monitor and book people who violate traffic rules as well as other unlawful activities. Rani Pokhari Metropolitan Police Office Spokesperson Pradhumna Karki said, “We have deployed 35 constables in our CCTV control room to monitor traffic violations and other criminal activities in public places. The cameras are helping us a lot.”
The Rani Pokhari Police office relays the footage of traffic rules violators to the MTPD. The monitors in the control room note traffic violations in real time such as hit and run, lane violation, driving along the wrong lane, jumping traffic lights. Once they trace violators, they note the registration number of the vehicle and forward it to the Department of Transport Management (DTM). MTPD Spokesperson SP Rajkumar Lamsal said, “We have our traffic police officers stationed in DTM. They find out details of the person violating traffic rules from the department and do further procedure.”
The Department summons traffic rule violators to the office. “We show them the video recording of their traffic rule violation. Once they see their violations, they do not dispute it and promptly pay the fine.
“Sometimes, traffic rule violators ignore our summons and do not report to our office. As of now, we do not have the system of adding their rule violation fines to their annual vehicle tax payable to the DTM. This explains why many do not come our office to pay fines,” said Lamsal. The data obtained from the MTPD shows that 90 percent traffic rule violators are two-wheelers, followed by taxis and microbuses.
The data also shows 60 percent of all accidents in Kathmandu valley involves two-wheelers. “Most teenage boys and girls who ride on two-wheelers are rule violators,” said Lamsal. Of the 6,381 accidents registered by the MTPD, this fiscal year in the Valley 4,064 or 63.68 percent involved two wheelers.