Ministry of Road Transport and Highways release new traffic guidelines

The central government is going to launch a digital age in the world of highways and urban traffic in the country. The state police and Transport Department officials have been drawn up to make high-tech. Body cameras on the bodies of police-traffic and transport officers will be fixed and the drivers who break traffic rules will be clamp down.

The state police and transport officers are planned to put up digital devices like CCTV cameras on their vehicle dashboard to make them high-tech, speed cameras at highway junction, etc. Video-audio recordings of body cameras will be presented as evidence in court. This will rein in corrupt officials who extort intersections and highways. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued draft rules on road safety, management monitoring and enforcement on 25th February for suggestions and objections from the stakeholders.

A senior ministry official said, the main point of surveillance and enforcement system would be that video-audio recordings of the incident of breaking traffic rules like crossing red lights, over-speed, wrong parking, seat belts, helmets, mobile talk will be presented as evidence in the court. Which violators will not be able to deny. The illegal recovery of thousands of crores of trucks, especially on highways, will be controlled.

CCTV cameras will be installed on the dashboard of police and government vehicles. The vehicles will continue to stand on high pressure national highways, junction, state highways along with speed cameras. In addition, speed guns, they-in-motion and other digital technology equipments will be installed. Which will strengthen road safety by preventing traffic management in cities, road crashes on highways etc. He said that the system will be implemented in state capitals and cities with 10 lakh population.

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Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan is a student at the Centre for Chinese and South-east Asian Studies, JNU, New Delhi. He also works with Hasratein- a Delhi based queer collective. The current area of his academic interest lies in the study of the Chinese language and society.