BENGALURU: A day after R T Nagar Traffic Police special squad seized four bikes that were used for wheelies on Ballari Road, City Police Commissioner Praveen Sood on Friday tweeted “Vehicles used for wheeling will be seized and allowed to rot permanently.”
The move was instantly welcomed by many.
“In fact situation of bikers mess is too grim in (Frazer) town. Their driving leads to many accidents and unsafe roads” tweeted Piyush Agrawal.
Some suggested that the seized vehicles be used for other purposes. “Convert and use them for policing & mobile ambulance services. They do this in the UK” tweeted Gowrang Chindi. “Please don’t waste, auction it or give it as a prize to good Samaritan,” wrote Chetan Naik.
However, a few others complained that the seized vehicles will only pile up near police stations creating an inconvenience for commuters because of shrinking road space. Sharmili Pal tweeted, “Allowed to rot in designated spaces right? @Rtnagartr has rotting vehicles in front of the station causing traffic jams (and) an eyesore”
Pramod Ramchar tweeted, “Already most of the police stations are surrounded by rotten vehicles and (have become) landmarks”.
Vijaya Shankar, another user, said, “Why can’t they be sold in auction immediately? Poor people can buy them. 1000s are impounded and rotting all around Bangalore”.
Many Twitter users also shared details of other stretches in the city where wheelies are frequently performed.
According to the Motor Vehicle Act 1988, whoever drives a motor vehicle at a speed or in a manner dangerous to the public will face imprisonment for up to six months or a fine up to `1,000.
Road safety experts say that wheelies or motorcycle racing on busy roads is a dangerous trend, which results in deaths of over a dozen youngsters every year. Many bikers are often seen performing other stunts like zigzagging, juggling, and lying flat on the seat of a moving bike.