Variable Message Signboards (VMS) have been installed to inform the motorist about safety messages, traffic diversions and road accidents to enable the motorist to plan their routes. Right now they have been installed at ten locations such as Hebbal Road – Towards Bengaluru City and Towards BIAL, and Basaveshwara Circle on Race Course Road The traffic police plan to install VMS at another 10 locations in the city.
Bengaluru’s traffic police department has collected 36 crores as fine amount between January to September 2010 compared to 23 crores in 2009 for the same period, registering an increase of 50 percent.
In September alone around 2.8 lakh cases have been registered by the Bengaluru City traffic police with a fine collected amounting to over 4 crores.
Not having to go to the police stations or courts to pay fines has made a big difference in the collections. Mohammed Sajjad Khan, Police Inspector, DCP traffic (East) division says "After Bangalore One was authorised to collect fines, there has been a drastic increase in revenue since people were comfortable not going to police station instead pay at the Bangalore One centers."
BMTC drivers’ traffic violations comprise a significant number of cases. An average of 67 cases are booked against BMTC drivers every month for rash driving and 1760 cases for jumping traffic signals and wrong parking. The traffic police conduct sensitisation courses and training for BMTC drivers but despite that every month fines of around 2 lakh is being collected from them.
"There are around 1500 traffic police men posted in Bangalore and in 160 junctions surveillance cameras are installed. The registration numbers of the vehicles violating certain rules are easily captured" says, Police Inspector, Khan.