A recent cover story in Mumbai Mirror says that Mumbai Traffic Police is considering hiking the fines for traffic violations in the city by five times, because the city motorists are not obeying the traffic police rules and the punishment is not enough to be deterrent.
The real cause of a lot of traffic related problems in Indian cities comes on two wheels. The reason for accidents on external highways may be different, but a majority of road accidents and traffic related problems inside cities are caused due to the indisciplined driving by some two-wheelers.
On city roads, there is an unwritten rule. If there is any small or big traffic mishap involving a two-wheeler and a bigger vehicle (particularly a car), the fault is ALWAYS of the bigger vehicle – no matter what is the real reason. Smaller vehicles always get away being “Bechara”. Whereas, most of these mishaps are caused by two-wheelers.
As an independent and unbiased observer, this is what I have observed:
- The two-wheelers are observed to be major culprits in breaking traffic rules and creating precarious situations responsible for a large number of traffic mishaps.
- They cut lanes, ignore and break signals, overtake from wrong sides and indulge in reckless driving on all roads, including national highways passing from cities.
- Traffic police are ill-equipped to nab them, because of their huge number and their agility.
- Some motorcyclists are born smartest. And they are sent to demonstrate their smartness through their antics on the roads. A lot of accidents are caused by these smart-Alecs.
- Two-wheelers try to wriggle out from the smallest places, at the highest speeds, causing the biggest troubles for bigger vehicles who take time to react.
- The manufacturers of two-wheelers have given access of speeding to immature people who can’t handle it with responsibility. The society at large has to pay the price for such disproportionate allocation of speed to the undeserved.
- Expressways don’t allow two-wheelers. There must be a reason. They must also be restricted on highways passing through the cities.
- Allocate dedicated lanes for two-wheelers on roads.
- Equip the traffic police with technologies to nab the rule-breaking two-wheelers.
- Enforce speed limits for two-wheelers.
- On rule breaking, put heavy penalty, including cancellation of license or registration on the first grave offense.
- The track record of such miscreants must be followed and their licenses revoked.
Not only the ones who speed, but also those who try to save themselves from the antics of such crazy zealots.
Yes, all two-wheelers are not unruly, but a large number of them are, and they must be controlled for the safety of the wiser world.
Unless the traffic authorities do not come heavily on the trouble causing two-wheelers, the problems related to accidents on the Indian city roads are not going to reduce.