Road manners – walk the talk

Sorry Mr Manmohan Singh, but mere lectures and appeals wont work. I thought issuing appeals is the job of powerless President of India, not a resourceful person like you. There is only one way road manners can improve in Bangalore and elsewhere in India. Hard punishments.

Indiscipline and bad manners exist on our roads solely because offenders know they will never get caught. Who will chase and punish them? Traffic police. However, I hear that when compared to other metros, number of traffic personnel per vehicle is lowest in Bangalore. A Hindu article compares with Kolkata:

Compared to the bigger metros, the traffic police strength is lower in Bangalore, despite the large number of vehicles on the roads. For instance, Kolkata with 9.41 lakh vehicles has 4,000 traffic police personnel and even Chennai has more than the 1,871 police personnel in Bangalore, though it has just over 22 lakh vehicles.

All the talk about enhancing city traffic infrastructure covers roads, expressways and flyovers. Why don't we hear about investments in traffic policing as well? We need more personnel, better equipment, computerized driving records and perhaps a lot more I wouldn't know.

I sincerely hope Mr Singh that you would do more than issuing helpless appeals like these.

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2 Responses

  1. New post in the traffic terms series

  2. Should Traffic be Privatized? by Tarique Germany

    Messed up traffic has become an important issue in every one’s life. Easy finances for buying vehicles are resulting in streets getting jam packed. Government is trying its full effort to ease traffic by expanding infrastructure, but this has not helped yet. The main problem that we all are facing is lack of traffic sense in public.

    Much of our population is unaware of traffic rule. Driving license of India can be easily procured without any exam. Rash driving and deadly accident has become part of life for everyone. People’s life is compromised for just few money by the corrupt traffic officers. Nobody can guarantee you that you can reach home safely even if you are driving lawfully, and also it’s not sure whether anyone else will not hit you. Government has made so many laws on traffic and charges for breaking the rules but all the money go into the pocket of corrupt traffic police. Also you don’t have to follow the law, if you are famous businessman’s son, politician’s son, son or nephew of police officers, or film actor like Salman Khan.

    Surprisingly government invite for tenders, like government parking, toll tax, flyway etc which are run by private contractors/corporate companies smoothly (e.g. DND flyway Delhi). Everyone get parking space, everyone pay toll tax and everyone is treated equally. It benefits everyone like government, common man and unemployed youths. Government generates revenue, common man gets safe parking, and unemployed gets employment and large number of jobs are too generated.
    I would like to attract government’s attention, may be corrupt police officer don’t agree with me because their earning will be barred, if government parking, toll bridge etc is handled smoothly by private companies. So if private companies are given chance to manage traffics, for example if anyone is found violating traffic rules like crossing red traffic light, rash driving, drunken driver, speed limit driving, wrong over take, turning vehicle without indicator light, unnecessarily horning or driving on high beam etc should be fined. I am sure that if this is put into practice then everyone will follow the rules strictly.
    On the other hand, bribe will decrease and people who think themselves above the law will come to their senses. This way we can improve our traffic system and save much life from accident and generate much employment. This revenue collected by government can be used in building other traffic necessities. From this collected money government can install traffic surveillance cameras. This will help government in keeping eye on wrong doers, traffics, tracking crime and criminal activities and also the terrorist activities can be checked and many more life can be saved. As a trial, the government can start it with one area and if it’s a success then it can be implemented in other areas.

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