Regional transport offices (RTOs) in several cities of Maharashtra have launched a concerted effort to identify and nab traffic violators on both the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and the Pune-Kolhapur Highway.
Sanjeev Bhor, deputy commissioner of RTO Pune, revealed, We have started this campaign on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway from October 2023. RTO squads from Mumbai, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Panvel and Pen cities will actively participate in this effort. We had earlier run a similar campaign for a period of six months. The RTO squad will focus on offenses like improper lane usage, drunk driving, excessive speeding and wrongly parked vehicles on the expressway. Offenders will be caught on the spot and taken to advice rooms set up at expressway toll plazas, where they will receive guidance and explanations about road safety.
He informed that a parallel initiative has been launched on the Pune-Kolhapur highway, involving RTO squads of Pune, Satara, Karad, Sangli and Kolhapur. The campaign will target similar violations on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, including improper lane changes, drunk driving and helmet use. Similar to the process on expressways, violators on the Pune-Kolhapur highway will also be guided and educated about road safety at the toll plazas.
Sanjeev Bhor further clarified that the entire operation is being carried out exclusively by RTO squads. Each squad consists of four RTO officers, of which two officers are responsible for apprehending criminals and the other two are dedicated to providing guidance and clarification on road safety to those caught.