Routine Traffic Checks: A Never-Ending Nuisance

Routine Traffic Checks
Routine Traffic Checks

Whether you’re on a two wheeler or a four wheeler vehicle, it’s pretty positive you must have come across numerous Routine Traffic Checks conducted by the Traffic Police. Either stuck in the traffic jam caused by the barricade or even worse, hauled for checking of your papers.

Hindrance Caused By Routine Traffic Checks

The Traffic Police has the knack of choosing the strangest of the places to perform their so called Routine Traffic Checks. They are either very close to the intersection or the T-junctions or right after a bridge or any place where it is more convenient for them to stop the vehicles. If they can not find any such spot, they often create a blockade for the traffic to slow down so they can pull people over to perform the checks.

Not only does this cause further traffic jams, it also causes inconvenience to the people travelling. In today’s busy world, our lives practically run on a schedule. Most of the times we struggle to make ends meet and wish a day would have a few extra hours. At a time like this when you have a meeting planned or a flow chart of the day planned, you find yourself in a situation like an unnecessary Routine Traffic Check. A drive that would usually last 30 minutes gets extended to 50 because of the slow movement of traffic caused by the police barricade ahead. Many a times, people miss out on important work because of this reason.

As soon as the Traffic Police finds out your desperation to reach your destination on time, it changes the entire ballgame.

Unmanned Traffic Barricade
Unmanned Traffic Barricade

Another nuisance of these Routine Traffic Checks is that the Police does not remove the traffic barricades after they are through with their inconvenience causing operation. It causes a great risk of accident especially at night.


Why Does The Police Conduct Routine Traffic Checks?

How many times has a Traffic Police Official stopped you and then let you go without paying a single penny? Well maybe some of you who don’t get nervous in the presence of a police officer but most aren’t like that. In general, people feel nervous around the police. Approaching the checking spot, you’d see people changing lanes and try to move to a fast lane. It is very unlikely that if stopped, the traffic police would let the person go without paying a fine.

That brings us to another question! Where does all the money collected in the fines go to? A big chunk it goes to the government for the purpose of development. For example, in December 2015, Rs. 5.06 Crore was collected  by the government whereas in the year 2017 till the month of November, Bengaluru traffic police had collected over Rs. 102 Crore. Most of this money goes to the state for the development purpose. Therefore, over and above the state budget allocated by the Centre Government, this is an extra peanut in the state government’s pocket.

How Should We Conduct The Traffic Checks?

According to the Motor Vehicle Act, an officer in uniform can demand the driver’s license and motor vehicle registration papers. It also states that it is the duty of the driver of the vehicle to produce it and present it to the Traffic Police Officer. However, these checks must not be an every day event where the Traffic Police Personnel gang up at the same spot every day and stop as many vehicles they can for the duration of their stay.

Instead, the traffic police should be vigilant and keep on the move the ensure that drivers are following the traffic rules. Following are a few recommendations:

  • The Traffic Police should stop only those who violate the traffic rule.
  • Barricades must only be used when stopping the traffic is essential. (and only for that purpose)
  • The Traffic Police officer must at all times wear their name tag while on duty.