Kochi: The police and Motor Vehicles Department have failed to implement Kerala High Court’s directions to stop rash driving leading to the death of a 50-year-old motorcyclist in Kochi today.
The death of one Antony near Madhava pharmacy by a reckless private bus driver has shocked the Kerala High Court which summoned a senior traffic cop to seek explanation on the matter, media reports said.
The court, which examined the CCTV visuals,
sought clarification from the official as to why strict action was not taken against the erring drivers. When asked why the police were not able to act against the violators, the police official could only say that strict instructions have been given to bus drivers not to overtake in the city.
Despite the cities in the state having a strong network of surveillance cameras, the cops are not able to trace the culprits and punish them. If they really want, they can, says a senior citizen in Palarivattom.
The Kerala High Court had issued an order banning the use of horns by private buses in Kochi, but the violation continues unabated. Even the buses are seen honking irritating banned horns in front of traffic cops.
The High Court had last year sought clarification from the police for its failure to prevent private citizens from using banned horns. It is common to see buses plying at breakneck speed inside the city.
Most of the drivers and conductors are not in uniform. Worse is the case with the sinking KSRTC buses which flout all regulations of traffic. The police have tried their level best to ensure auto rickshaws charge fares on the basis of metres, but have failed miserably.
Private cars, two wheelers are all in the list of violators.
The Kochi Metro has come as a big boom for people to make safe travel and escape to some extent from the militant transport mafia.
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