Imposing road discipline has helped reduce traffic violations

Traffic: Some 211 drivers across the country were issued Transport Infringement Notice (TIN) for violating traffic rules, which amounts to Nu 199,850 collected as penalty.

Drivers were caught across the country either speeding, double parking, using mobile phones when driving, and drink driving, among other violations.

With more and increasing number of vehicles, Thimphu tops the list for traffic rule violations with a total collection of about Nu 68,700, followed by Wangdue and Phuentsholing with Nu 33,800 and Nu 22,450 respectively.

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Of the total 211 drivers, 54 drivers in various parts of the country were issued TIN for not possessing a valid driving licence and 16 drivers were issued TIN for improper parking, and 11 each for drink driving and not having vehicle registration certificate.

A traffic police official said that RBP’s consistent efforts to make drivers understand their responsibility and abide by the law helped reduce violations. He said that traffic police in Thimphu carry out inspections at the same spot so that drivers are more responsible.

“Our intention is not to trap drivers and penalise them,” the official said. “We just want our drivers to be responsible and follow traffic rules and regulations and keep our roads safe.”

The police implemented the Zero Tolerance Day from April 17, 2015 to bring down the number of vehicle accidents. Routine inspections take place from 8am to 3am throughout the country every Friday and Saturday.

Dechen Tshomo

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