New Delhi: Two-hundred more motorcycles were
on Tuesday added to Delhi Police`s chase and challan squad for
checking traffic violations in the city, taking the team`s
strength to 610 two-wheelers.
Flagging of the new fleet, City Police Commissioner Y S
Dadwal said the squad had prosecuted over 5.79 lakh motorists
for traffic violations in the capital this year so far.
"Earlier, there were no means to catch the violator. Now
it has changed. The squad`s presence has been felt. They have
taken effective action. They were able to bring more
discipline on roads. The accidents have come down. People have
become conscious about breaking law," Dadwal said.
He also expressed hope that the addition of more
motorcycles will be an added advantage during the Commonwealth
Games to be held here in October.
Dadwal said the force will examine in future whether more
motorcycles should be added to the squad.
He also said the personnel have also been told to assist
in regulation of traffic during peak hours. "If there is a
traffic jam, the squad cannot say that we will only issue
challans. They have been asked to assist in regulating the
traffic," he said.
The chase and challan squad was set up in February 2008
with 210 motorcycles. An year later, 200 motorcycles more were
added to the squad.
According to Delhi Police statistics, a total of 5,79,862
challans were issued by the chase and challan squad this year
till July 15 as against 5,84,157 during the same period last
A senior police officer attributed the decrease in number
to the squad being given the additional job of rendering
assistance in regulation of traffic at peak hours.
Those jumping traffic signals topped the list of those
caught by the squad this year at 2,47,973 as against last
year`s figure of 1,96,280.
Figures of this year for other offences are: improper
parking (92,212), without helmet (74,046), defective number
plate (31,371) and dangerous driving (13,996).