Street Racing Menace Back on City Roads

Street racing, which was once a serious headache for the capital city residents, is making a comeback.

Published: 28th May 2014 08:50 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th May 2014 08:50 AM   |  A+A-

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Street racing, which was once a serious headache for the capital city residents, is making a comeback. This amateurish sports event that has already taken quite a number of young lives and was once brought under control  by the City Police, is again becoming an addictive recreation activity for the youngsters here.

An accident involving a speeding bike and a car took place in front of AKG Centre here on Tuesday morning. It is learnt that the General Hospital - Palayam Road where the accident happened had witnessed a race of two motorcycles just before the mishap.

 It was two years ago that the City Police initiated strong measures against racing teams. The main route which became infamous for racing was the Kowdiar-Vellayambalam stretch. Bikers even from outside the city arrived in this area to take part in the bike racing. These racing activities had resulted in numerous accidents along this stretch, leading to several deaths.

 Later, the police installed surveillance cameras to identify the ‘racers’ in the city limits. These cameras were mainly placed along the Kowdiar-Vellayambalam road. As a result, the racers no longer considered this area as their favourite racing track. These cameras also became helpful for the police to track vehicles  violating traffic rules. For the ‘helmet hunt’ also these cameras became useful. Gradually, issues related to racing almost vanished from the city.

 It was then that the announcement of the visit of India’s first formula one driver Narain Karthikeyan to the city was made. During his visit, Narain expressed his desire to carry out a mock race in the city. The Kowdiar - Palayam route was chosen as the ‘racing track’. A Formula 1 car which could touch speeds of up to 300 km per hour was supposed to be used in that race. But owing to stiff opposition from various quarters, the organisers were forced to cancel the event.  

However, the steps taken by the police till then to check racing on city roads became outdated as a result of this incident. And now, the amateur racers are again active in the city and continue their racing activities unabated.

 Several ‘moto clubs’ are active in the city at present. The members of these clubs arrange the races and stunts using their high-cost bikes. In fact, these clubs are the reason behind the sudden increase in the number of sports bikes in the city.  They have numerous members and well-wishers in the capital itself. A majority of them are in the age group of 17-22 years.

 Like in other states, these clubs choose roads near the beach to stage their stunts. Though they regularly engage in racing there, the young bloods find thrill in conducting ‘casual’ performances in the heart of the city, one of which resulted in Tuesday’s accident in front of AKG Centre.

 Lack of stringent action from the City Police has been cited as the reason for these mishaps.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp