The Calcutta Municipal Corporation is mulling a mobile application that would help its inspectors access records of vehicles parked illegally at night and locate their owners. The night parking time slot, as decided by the corporation, is between 10pm and 7am. On typing the car’s registration number, the proposed application would show the car owner’s details along with the phone number. A text message will be sent to the registered phone, mentioning the location where the car was parked and the amount of fine to be paid. In case of non-payment of fine, the vehicle owner would not be able to renew the car’s certificate of fitness. Civic officials met Calcutta police officers and transport department officials on Monday to discuss the proposal. Several car owners pointed out that the proposal carries a risk of misuse. “I have a garage and park my car there, but once a month I visit a friend and stay back till late night. I do not see any parking attendant to whom I can pay a fee for the time the car remains parked. I don’t want to pay a month’s fee to park for a few hours one day. What do I do?” asked a young professional. Any vehicle owner who wants to park a car on the road at night must apply to the corporation and, if approved, pay a monthly fee of Rs 500. “Night parking is allowed, depending on the width of the road where the car would be parked,” said the official. “We will write to senior police officers and senior officials of the transport department about the proposal. If their response is positive, we can start preparations,” a CMC official said.
Source: The Telegraph