Taking a step towards improving traffic management, the Delhi Traffic Police has decided to revamp its collection of 600 motorcycles by equipping them with hi-tech gadgets. The revamping will change the overall appearance of the motorcycles and will also be used for monitoring and disciplining motorists at jam-packed junctions, Hindustan Times reported. The policemen riding these remodelled bikes will be equipped with a host of equipment like pistols, electroshock weapons, bodyworn cameras, and pepper sprays, said Dependra Pathak, Delhi Traffic Police chief. This will also be used to rush traffic police to jam packed areas. But the agency has planned not to use these vehicles to chase and prosecute traffic rules violators. Due to high risk of injuries, for the past three years, traffic police has reduced the practice of ”chase and challan”.
Over the years, road accidents have witnessed a constant decline and the officials owe this to their increased visibility on the roads and high rate of prosecution. The motorcycles chosen for the remodelling plan are Bajaj Pulsar and the TVS Apache models currently being used by the Traffic Police officers. A fleet of 600 remodelled motorcycle is set to be used in 3 months and each traffic circle will be given a total of 10 such vehicles.
The new features include side frames for an enhanced appearance, strobe light and flashlights for better visibility and hooters to alert motorists about its presence. Some other key features of the revamped motorcycle will be charging point for the challan machine and a large dicky at the rear end for storage. The riders will wear fluorescent jackets and will have pockets for a pepper-spray to keep aggressive motorists away.