KATHMANDU, Dec 1: The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) has started virtual awareness class for traffic light violators from Monday.
The division has decided to continue the traffic rules awareness classes through the use of technology, taking into account the current situation of coronavirus infection. Prior to this, the violators had to visit the MTPD Office to participate in the awareness classes.
Chief of the Division, Senior Superintendent of Police Janak Bhattarai said, “As the risk of COVID-19 infection continues to increase further, we have made arrangements for such drivers to take virtual classes from their homes.”
Stating that drivers riding past the red light and pedestrians’ habit of crossing the roads arbitrarily can increase the chances of accidents and can even cause traffic jams, he said that it was necessary to arrange such provisions to effectively implement traffic rules.
The long-running traffic awareness classes at the MTPD office were closed due to the risk of COVID-19. Earlier, the Division had been taking traffic classes only for drivers caught driving under the influence of alcohol and those who did not follow road lane rules. Now, drivers who violate the traffic light rules also require to attend virtual awareness classes.
Currently, traffic lights are operating at 25 different intersections in the Kathmandu valley.