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No vehicle SHALL BE STOPPED merely for checking documents – DGP Karnataka

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DGP Karnataka has tweeted that

I reiterate again… no vehicle SHALL BE STOPPED merely for checking documents unless it has committed a traffic violation visible to the naked eye. Only exception is drunken driving.

This is nothing new we have been posting about it and you have been reading about it.

In 2017, Basavaraj Bommai Home minister answering JD(S) MLC H.M. Ramesh Gowda’s query during ‘Question Hour’ in the Legislative Council yesterday said

If you have not violated any traffic law, the Traffic Police cannot stop you just to check your documents.

Traffic cops check documents

The Traffic Police are not supposed to ask for vehicle documents after they stop the vehicles in the middle of the road.

“It has come to my notice that the Traffic Police are stopping the vehicles in the middle of the road in instances of the traffic rules violation. Police should take precautionary measures to avoid accidents and other untoward incidents while stopping vehicles. Policies should be followed in such situations. In this regard, appropriate directions have been given to the Department,” he said.

WHAT THE LAW SAYS

Even if a vehicle is stopped by Police on a road where there is less traffic, as per law, a Traffic Constable cannot check documents. It has to be done by an ASI rank officer or above.

Motorists can refuse to show the documents if the Police Constables stop the motorists and deliver the documents only to Policemen above the rank of ASI.

The Indian Motor Vehicles Act, Section 132, says only an Assistant Sub-Inspector (one star), Police Sub-Inspector (two-star) and Police Inspector (three-star) are authorized to receive payments against violation and issue a receipt.

No Police Constable or Head Constable can issue a receipt and therefore receive a payment. They can, however, record the violations on the basis of which violation ticket will follow.

36 thoughts on “No vehicle SHALL BE STOPPED merely for checking documents – DGP Karnataka”

  1. After Politicians, IAS officers, Traffic police are most corrupted dept. They are least bothered about controlling traffic. Especially in Belgaum, whatever poor worker earning daily wages are being taken away by these Traffic Police. Morning while going to work these guys stand near Hindalga Ganesh temple, while returning same people will stand near Shourya Chowk. Its easy money earning for their enjoyment.

    They don’t even know how to speak with people. So arrogant in behavior, as if they are rulers of this nation.

    Horrible situation for normal earning citizens, you have to pay tax to govt without any benefits, pay to traffic police for their enjoyment. Pay to corporation & other Govt bodies for their enjoyment. Dont know whether we are working for our family or for these corrupt guys.

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    • I don’t understand why do you have to pay the traffic police if all your documents are clear and you are driving properly

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  2. After Politicians, IAS officers, Traffic police are most corrupted dept. They are least bothered about controlling traffic. Especially in Belgaum, whatever poor worker earning daily wages are being taken away by these Traffic Police. Morning while going to work these guys stand near Hindalga Ganesh temple, while returning same people will stand near Shourya Chowk. Its easy money earning for their enjoyment.

    They don’t even know how to speak with people. So arrogant in behavior, as if they are rulers of this nation.

    Horrible situation for normal earning citizens, you have to pay tax to govt without any benefits, pay to traffic police for their enjoyment. Pay to corporation & other Govt bodies for their enjoyment. Dont know whether we are working for our family or for these corrupt guys.

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    • I don’t understand why do you have to pay the traffic police if all your documents are clear and you are driving properly

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  3. I ws stopped near camp police station on sunday evening when i was going to have some snacks from swamy bakery. Constable assisted by few stopped me and asked only PUC Certificate which unfortunately expired last month.He told fine is Rs 1500 and told me to pay 500 as adjustment.This was happening right infont of police station. I was forced to pay 500 or else 1500. I request them many times to let me go and will do certificate tomorrow Monday.He was no mood to let me go and finally i gave 500 and return back home. This is happening in gang also this is quite happening near civil hospital signal often wher they come middle of road to stop which is very dangerous.

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  4. I ws stopped near camp police station on sunday evening when i was going to have some snacks from swamy bakery. Constable assisted by few stopped me and asked only PUC Certificate which unfortunately expired last month.He told fine is Rs 1500 and told me to pay 500 as adjustment.This was happening right infont of police station. I was forced to pay 500 or else 1500. I request them many times to let me go and will do certificate tomorrow Monday.He was no mood to let me go and finally i gave 500 and return back home. This is happening in gang also this is quite happening near civil hospital signal often wher they come middle of road to stop which is very dangerous.

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  5. In bengaluru it is a pathetic situation. They are stopping especially ladies on every place even they are following our protocols. Twice I faced the issue in few days afraid to go on the roads.

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  6. In bengaluru it is a pathetic situation. They are stopping especially ladies on every place even they are following our protocols. Twice I faced the issue in few days afraid to go on the roads.

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  7. it is right this people should be working for the people safety and for the violation of rules.
    but some people are taking it for their second income purpose.

    At the jnmc it is happening same from last one month they have put barrigater almost 1/2 of the road for stopping and to ask the document or to collect the money from the innocent people.

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  8. it is right this people should be working for the people safety and for the violation of rules.
    but some people are taking it for their second income purpose.

    At the jnmc it is happening same from last one month they have put barrigater almost 1/2 of the road for stopping and to ask the document or to collect the money from the innocent people.

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  9. it would be followed for few days …. after few days u see this guys stopping vehicles at mahadev mandir , Globe theatre, railway station, hindalga,kholapur circle, every where but there would no police to handle traffic at the railway gates in the evening and morning…..😁

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  10. it would be followed for few days …. after few days u see this guys stopping vehicles at mahadev mandir , Globe theatre, railway station, hindalga,kholapur circle, every where but there would no police to handle traffic at the railway gates in the evening and morning…..😁

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  11. Good initiative by TOP brass of police department as too much harassment was going on all roads hope police follow the prescribed rule of law

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  12. Good initiative by TOP brass of police department as too much harassment was going on all roads hope police follow the prescribed rule of law

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  13. Who cares!!! They are still doing it and will continue to!!! And to date, it’s a record that only constables have stopped vehicles on roads and no ASI! that’s why there are 3-4 constables ( who can accommodate smaller bribes in pockets), while ASI’s sit on their vehicles( to put the bigger bribe collected into their vehicle boxes)!!! The lower officers and constables are often also heard saying “yen madana, naavu mele sahibrige kodbeku”. This is not just in the police department, but across all government departments, Revenue, Water, Electricity( even though some are privatized), RTO, municipal corporation offices, PF, what not!!!
    Such a shame!

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  14. Who cares!!! They are still doing it and will continue to!!! And to date, it’s a record that only constables have stopped vehicles on roads and no ASI! that’s why there are 3-4 constables ( who can accommodate smaller bribes in pockets), while ASI’s sit on their vehicles( to put the bigger bribe collected into their vehicle boxes)!!! The lower officers and constables are often also heard saying “yen madana, naavu mele sahibrige kodbeku”. This is not just in the police department, but across all government departments, Revenue, Water, Electricity( even though some are privatized), RTO, municipal corporation offices, PF, what not!!!
    Such a shame!

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  15. This traffic police just asked your documents and scare you, you have fine what fine does not show. I had a wrong fine. My number plate used by other vehicles which is TVS Apache mine is Suzuki access, some how I find out and went to traffic police to remove this. More over where ever there is traffic I never find a single police clearing the traffic. I had seen police standing and asking your documents where there is no traffic. Shivaji nagar, commercial street , lingarapuram, tannery Road. People are arguing every other day each other. I request Bangalore traffic police to please be available during school college and evening time to clear the traffic. Big request.

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  16. This traffic police just asked your documents and scare you, you have fine what fine does not show. I had a wrong fine. My number plate used by other vehicles which is TVS Apache mine is Suzuki access, some how I find out and went to traffic police to remove this. More over where ever there is traffic I never find a single police clearing the traffic. I had seen police standing and asking your documents where there is no traffic. Shivaji nagar, commercial street , lingarapuram, tannery Road. People are arguing every other day each other. I request Bangalore traffic police to please be available during school college and evening time to clear the traffic. Big request.

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    • I too recommend what Rizwan asking 50% discount fir Pending fines to be paid similar to Hyderabad police doing, and i am happy that DGP, has Brought to the knowledge of common people that police cannot stop vehicles for merely checking documents, and i request dgp sir avice your constables shouldn’t take photos from back side of the vehicle as I have seen simply cops taking shots when vehicle going on the road, and ASI never approaches for documents but only p cs ask the documents.

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    • I too recommend what Rizwan asking 50% discount fir Pending fines to be paid similar to Hyderabad police doing, and i am happy that DGP, has Brought to the knowledge of common people that police cannot stop vehicles for merely checking documents, and i request dgp sir avice your constables shouldn’t take photos from back side of the vehicle as I have seen simply cops taking shots when vehicle going on the road, and ASI never approaches for documents but only p cs ask the documents.

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