Now SMS for traffic assistance
DELHI: Commuters with cellphones can now get information on traffic
by simply pressing a few buttons.
Delhi traffic police on Monday launched a short message service
(SMS) which will provide information on traffic diversions, pending
notices and even the whereabouts of area traffic police officials.
the number 9811452220 is not toll-free. Launching the service,
commissioner Ajai Raj Sharma said, ‘‘This service
is another step to tackle traffic-related problems by using advancements
in the communication technology.’’
also stressed on the need for the traffic police to discipline
themselves and ‘‘make efforts to improve their image’’.
traffic police officials cautioned people against using phones
while driving. ‘‘Motorists who use their phones to
access information while driving will be prosecuted,’’
said joint commissioner of police (traffic) Maxwell Pereira. The
fine for such an offence is Rs 1,000.
The traffic police has devised simple codes for people to obtain
information. The user has to just type T and send message to 9811452220.
‘‘They will receive the latest information on traffic,’’
said deputy commissioner of police (VIP movements) S B S Tyagi.
Similarly, if a person’s vehicle is towed away or is facing
traffic-related problems in the area, he or she just has to type
‘H’ followed by the name of the colony. ‘‘It
is important to keep a space between H and the colony name. The
computer will then respond and give the name, address and telephone
number of the local police officer,’’ said assistant
commissioner of police (traffic computer centre) G S Awana.
present, there is a database of only 450 colonies in the traffic
police database. Offenders who want to know the status of their
pending challans can get the details by typing ‘N’
followed by their vehicle number. ‘‘The reply message
will give details of the date and place of violation, offence
and the compounding fine,’’ Tyagi said.
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