Special drive: 695 old, abandoned vehicles towed away by Hyderabad Traffic Police

Joint Commissioner of Traffic, Hyderabad A V Ranganath said that they identified several vehicles that have been abandoned at several places for several months and decades. "Most vehicles were left in narrow streets. This kept causing several traffic congestions," he said.

By Amrutha Kosuru  Published on  31 March 2022 4:26 AM GMT
Special drive: 695 old, abandoned vehicles towed away by Hyderabad Traffic Police

Hyderabad: Nearly 695 abandoned vehicles were towed away by Hyderabad Traffic Police during a special drive on Tuesday.

Around 2,500 abandoned vehicles were issued notices 10-15 days before they were towed away by the authorities.

Joint Commissioner of Traffic, Hyderabad A V Ranganath said they identified several vehicles that have been abandoned at several places for several months and decades.

"Most vehicles were left in narrow streets. This kept causing several traffic congestions. While some people removed their vehicles after receiving notices. A majority of them did not. The special drive will continue until there are no abandoned vehicles in the streets of Hyderabad," he said.

As per 39B of the Hyderabad City Police Act, Hyderabad Traffic Police can auction off abandoned vehicles. "If anyone wants to claim their vehicles, they can collect them. However, they will have to arrange their own ways to transport back the vehicles," he said.

He further requested the owners to remove the vehicles from the roads immediately.

Drive against Number Plate violations

On March 20, the Hyderabad Traffic Police conducted a special drive against improper/irregular number plates, black tinted glass on four-wheelers. So far, approximately 3,000 cases have been registered against illegal number plates A fine of Rs 35,000 has been collected for this.

Ranganath said, "Many of the number plates had something inscribed on it mentioning name, rank, status, etc." Further, he said that many celebrities and MLAs were also caught and asked to remove stickers and other inscriptions.

Ranganath also said that black films on windows, stickers on windshields, inscriptions, modified horns, and lights were the other major kinds of violations identified among vehicle users in the city.

RTA guidelines on number plates

According to the Motor Vehicles Act (Rule 50 and 51), one should only use a unique number plate that is issued by the Road Transport Authority (RTA).

The registration letters and numbers should be written in black on a white background for two-wheelers, light motor vehicles, and cars. For commercial vehicles, the letters should be written in black on a yellow background.

Additionally, fancy, fiber, and plastic lettering are not permitted. Other names, pictures, and art should not be displayed on the number plate.

The size of the number plates should be 200x100 mm for two- and three-wheelers. For light motor vehicles and passenger cars, the size of the number plate should be 340x200 mm or 500x120 mm. For medium/heavy commercial vehicles, the size of the number plate should be 340 x 200 mm.

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