Bengaluru’s traffic police appear to be over-zealous in enforcing the rule that pillion riders must wear helmets: they issued a challan to a man who was commuting by car without a helmet.
On Sunday state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state media in-charge Prakash Sesharaghavachar got a shock when he received a challan from Bengaluru traffic police on February 28 for not wearing a helmet when he was travelling in his car.
Prakash told The News Minute that there was clearly some mistake in the challan that was dated February 5.
“It mentioned my vehicle registration number KA-04 MP 7257, which is my car, and it specifically mentions that it is a car. It said that I was being fined Rs 100 for the pillion rider who was not wearing a helmet on February 4, near Basaveshwara Circle,” Prakash said.
“I don’t know how to drive. I have always had driver with me,” he said.
To add on to the confusion, when he contacted the officer concerned, the man conceded that there must have been a mistake, but maintained that the challan must have been issued for some other violation.
“I was told that the car could have been parked on the zebra crossing,” he said, adding that he does not recollect the events of the day on which he was supposed to have violated the law.
“I hope they rectify this and through this I only want to urge others to be careful and check for such technical faults,” said Prakash.
Additional commissioner of police (Traffic) M A Saleem said that this was a technical error and that it was rectified as soon as Prakash brought it to their notice.
“Most of the times when we issue notices, we have CCTV footage for violations. So based on that evidence, it shows that the car had been parked on a zebra crossing and a fresh notice has been issued to him,” Saleem said.