Click A Pic Of Wrongly Parked Vehicle, Get Rs 500 Award? This Is What Transport Minister Said!
On Thursday, the Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari declared that he plans to “bring in a new law” seemingly in jest.
A new Law?
As per this law, Rs 500 will be given as reward to anyone who clicks and shares pictures of wrongly parked vehicles.
Further adding he said, “If Rs1,000 is the fine for a person guilty of the wrong parking, then Rs500 from that amount will go to the person who clicks the picture,” laughing, during the Industrial Decarbonization Summit 2022 at a hotel in Delhi.
Notably, it is not clear whether the minister’s comment is indeed backed by a legislative framework or not.
How Did This Happen?
The comment came when he was talking about the context that wrong parking is “a huge menace” because the number of cars is going up in urban India.
Mr Gadkari said, “There are sometimes cars for each member of a family. But no one is building parking spaces. In Delhi, for instance, wide roads are being treated as parking spaces,”.
While clarifying about himself, he mentioned that his house in Nagpur has parking space for 12 cars and he does not park on the road at all.
Besides this, he also shared a video of his address to the summit on his YouTube account.
According to Mr Gadkari, public transport using electric vehicles is “essential” for India.
Adding, “Even sanitation workers have cars in the US… Soon it seems India will also have that situation. Everyone is buying cars,”.
Growing Car Sales In India
The same is confirmed by the number of car sales in the country as there has been a spike recently after witnessing a steep fall in numbers caused by the Covid pandemic.
During May 2022, the passenger vehicle dispatches to dealers in India rose over two-fold as compared to the low numbers in the Covid-hit May of 2021.
The passenger vehicles wholesale rose to 2.5 lakh units in May 2022 as compared to less than 1 lakh units in last year’s May as per the data provided by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).
This data is supported for cars and other vehicles barring two- and three-wheelers.
If we talk about the overall sales of passenger vehicles, two-wheelers and three-wheelers, it has risen by 15 lakh units in May of this year.
Which is much bigger as compared to less than 5 lakh in the same month last year.