Bikers riding bike on footpaths in Bangalore need to be prepared to serve some prison time or pay a fine of Rs 1000. After fair warnings, the police have come down hard on two-wheeler riders taking over footpaths.
Additional Commissioner (Traffic) has ordered for a special drive against these violators across the city and book them under section 279 of the Indian Penal Code that carries a prison term of up to six months. The traffic police are planning to ensure that at least 500 such cases are booked in the city by this weekend. This is to send a stern message to motorists who often do not think twice before riding on pavements to bypass traffic gridlocks, especially during the morning and evening rush hours.
The traffic police have also been instructed to invoke section 184 of the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 for dangerously driving on city streets and repeat offenders could even find the traffic police recommending the transport department to suspend their driving licence.
Police also added that most of these violations usually occurred close to busy traffic junctions and each police station had identified such spots and their teams were being positioned there to nab the footpath riders. They are also planning to conduct more awareness drives on road safety and educate motorists about the perils of violating traffic rules including footpath riding.
Article Source : Bangalore Mirror