Sweden was the first country to introduce the zero-tolerance principle (Tingvall, 1999). The basis for this vision is the ethical principle derived from road users’ abilities and needs. The design and construction of the transport system is to serve all citizens and ensure that a human error in traffic should not lead to a severe injury. The ultimate goal of traffic enforcement, therefore, is zero fatalities.
The same must be envisaged by Belgaum traffic and now a board has been put up at Bogarves which mentions that this is a ZERO TOLERANCE ZONE.
The board mentions that “any traffic offenders will be punished”.
I asked a passer by, about the board and he said, “Aise board to lagte hain, naikale jate hain, What do I know what is Zero tolerance?”.
Normally ZTS are made so that people are more educated and no one breaks any traffic rule.
But by only putting up a board does not solve the issue here, people should be told about this.
The Rationale behind is to show case what can be a model traffic area through deterrence. If the concept of zero tolerance can be accepted in a central area, the concept can be extended outwards.
A scientific approach is necessary so that such models work out.
Announce the concept about 2-3 months in advance
Educate the public about good driving habits and do’s and dont’s in the designated no tolerance zone
Put up hoardings / road signs in the designated zone
Consider augmenting the traffic police with home guards – the incremental fine amounts will more than reimburse the spends on the additional manpower
Implement the zero tolerance scheme irrespective of the offender profile
For starters, drivers might be careful in the zero tolerance zone if the implementation is strict. This can subsequently be extended to other areas.
With inputs from Ideas for governance.