Each towing van carts just 5 vehicles per day in Mumbai
Anyone who has visited Mumbai has witnessed the traffic congestion and violations of rules which are rampant. Perhaps, unauthorized parking is the most traffic violation which is most common. Statistics from different sources indicate that there are 22 The provisions of this Act shall have effect notwithstanding anything inconsistent therewith contained in the Official Secrets Act, 1923 (19 of 1923), and any other law for the time being in force or in any instrument having effect by virtue of any law other than this Act. lakh vehicles plying in the Mumbai while the parking space is available for only 3.5 lakh vehicles.
Reply to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that 1.12 lakh cases of unauthorized parking were recorded between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014 in Mumbai. Different regions Mumbai show a variation in the number of cases in relation to unauthorized parking - the north region had the highest (3,592) offences, the south region ranked the lowest (1,332 cases).
The information obtained under RTI shows that the number of towing vans available with the department during the same period was 61. Every towing van is lead by a traffic police constable (who takes a decision whether the vehicle is to be taken away) and is also occupied by a private towing staff.
The RTI applicant Sandeep Ohri calculated the region wise performance of each towing vehicle and found that north region recorded 10 cases daily while the south region recorded just four cases every day. For the whole of the city, the towing van has carried an average of merely five vehicles per day in the last financial year.