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Old 21st November 2012, 19:30   #1
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Bangalore Traffic Police have launched a new web portal wherein users can report traffic violators and raise violations against them. This initiative was started after good response from their Facebook page where a lot of images of bike and car users breaking rules were posted and violations were raised against such offending vehicles. In this link, one can upload the image of the offending vehicle and provide details, which after verification is declared as an offence. It is a good move, which can help increase violations as well as make people serious about following traffic rules. There are many instances where people wear helmets and seatbelts only if they spot a cop, and now such people will become more cautious. Hope this gets a good response, and at least marginally improves driving manners as enforcement of traffic rules has got this new angle.

http://www.bangaloretrafficpolice.go...icEyePost.aspx

I hope TBHP-ians will contribute to this portal. At least the bad drivers thread can contribute a lot of images to this!
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Good initiative but IMO this will be much bigger success if they put in place a mechanism to give a fixed amount/verified photo to the complainant. Have suggested this on BTP fb page too.
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Good initiation on Bangalore Police part.
If i am not wrong this was implemented even in Hyderabad after the Facebook page attracted lot of attention from the public and the public even started questioning the traffic police authorities for not taking any legal action who has committed the offense.

If i remember correctly, there was once a post which has the images of Traffic Police triple-riding on a bike with no helmets etc.
The authorities were forced to take action on those police

Link to Hyd Traffic police Fb page
https://www.facebook.com/HYDTP?fref=ts
Link to Cyberabad traffic police website for online complaint registration.
http://cyberabadpolice.gov.in/Traffic/Sugg.htm

P.S : Cyberabad and Hyderabad police are two different departments if i am correct
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Old 22nd November 2012, 09:47   #4
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Good initiative but IMO this will be much bigger success if they put in place a mechanism to give a fixed amount/verified photo to the complainant. Have suggested this on BTP fb page too.
They do give you a complaint number whose progress can be tracked later. But we are supposed to give our details to them, which might cause problems if it falls into the wrong hands.
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Good initiative but IMO this will be much bigger success if they put in place a mechanism to give a fixed amount/verified photo to the complainant. Have suggested this on BTP fb page too.
I disagree, it would lead to framing and forging of images. Also the BTP cannot cope with volumes of processing payments.

If you want a role to enforce a better traffic system, I willing to make an effort for free. I just submitted one today!
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I disagree, it would lead to framing and forging of images. Also the BTP cannot cope with volumes of processing payments.

If you want a role to enforce a better traffic system, I willing to make an effort for free. I just submitted one today!
You know what, I have been uploading snaps on their fb page for almost a year now. BTP will say they have raised a violation. But you check their database even after a month, you will not find anything. Specially true for water tankers. Also from my past experiences I have lost quite a bit of faith in the way BTP implements things. Hope I am proven wrong and this new tool really helps curb traffic offenses.
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They do give you a complaint number whose progress can be tracked later. But we are supposed to give our details to them, which might cause problems if it falls into the wrong hands.
I've posted about that here.

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You know what, I have been uploading snaps on their fb page for almost a year now. BTP will say they have raised a violation. But you check their database even after a month, you will not find anything. Specially true for water tankers. Also from my past experiences I have lost quite a bit of faith in the way BTP implements things. Hope I am proven wrong and this new tool really helps curb traffic offenses.
On the Public Eye website, I've posted violations via complaint # 47, 48, 51, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 73, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 100, 101, 102, 103, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 116, 117, 118, 119 and 120.

That's 52 in all. A minimum of 5 per day since I started. Take #47, complaint posted on 06/11, that's about 6-7 working days ago(Diwali and weekends). The status hasn't changed but strangely some of the cars that I reported have stopped parking on the footpath. It may be early to tell, but the status may not necessarily tell if the violation has in fact been raised.

I'm going to continue posting violations, hoping that the violators get penalised.

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Good initiative.
How do they actually verify the violation?

And I looked at the website - the details of the poster required are just name, number and email, they should also request address, and some ID proof (like PAN/passport, etc) so that only serious and genuine citizens will post violations.

But this is a good step. Really.
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Good initiative.
How do they actually verify the violation?

And I looked at the website - the details of the poster required are just name, number and email, they should also request address, and some ID proof (like PAN/passport, etc) so that only serious and ygenuine citizens will post violations.

But this is a good step. Really.
Sorry to say but I would not trust our police with someones address. Imagine some VIP guy finding out complainants address using political clout and taking revenge. Very much possible in our country. Sadly. Also IMO citizens complain openly on BTP facebook page because of the privacy offered by facebook. They better keep it that way.
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I'd written to BTP on FB about they not having raised violations for my complaints. Here's their response. Trust has been restored.

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On the Public Eye website, I've posted violations via complaint # 47, 48, 51, 54, 55, 56, 57,58, 59, 60, 61, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 73, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 100, 101, 102, 103, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109 and 110. I wanted to know the time duration BTP will need to raise a violation for these complaint numbers. Thank you.

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Dear Vinu, it is officially launched on 21/11/12 and we have already raised violation for yesterdays post. There are 126 complaints before the launch of this portal. These will be attended and you can see the status in aweek time.
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If they ask for ID proof or similar documents of the complainants, they will be at danger from anti social elements who might come looking for them later. How will they come to know I am not sure, but there are people who can have contacts who can gather such information. Hence, I feel even asking for any contact details is not fine with me. It should be anonymous. What is required is the offender and his offence, along with proof. Why would they require who caught the offence. One possible reason is in case the offender moves to court, they might call in the person to provide original evidence, but who would do all that?
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Why would they require who caught the offence.
The image copy being uploaded by us is as good as original. I think it's to clarify violation related details, if any, that they may require at the time they're raising a violation. My 1st time on this site, I mistyped and punched in KA2 instead of KA12.
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Hence, I feel even asking for any contact details is not fine with me. It should be anonymous.
There is a mail id to which you can send the pics along with details as location it was taken, it was mentioned along with public eye details in news paper mentioning this initiative.
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Yesterday I made a good amount of catches. Was stuck in a jam when both cars and bikes jumped the divider and got into the opposite way. Put the phone camera in burst mode and held it outside. Boy, what a catch it was. Will submit the pictures. Another thing I noticed was, once people noticed me filming, they stopped jumping the divider and maintained themselves in the correct lane. At least it worked in bringing fear in the people. Next time I will carry my point and shoot
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Yesterday I made a good amount of catches. Was stuck in a jam when both cars and bikes jumped the divider and got into the opposite way. Put the phone camera in burst mode and held it outside. Boy, what a catch it was. Will submit the pictures. Another thing I noticed was, once people noticed me filming, they stopped jumping the divider and maintained themselves in the correct lane. At least it worked in bringing fear in the people. Next time I will carry my point and shoot
This Public Eye facility of BTP will be a huge success. We were looking for a way to contribute and improve our Bangalore and now we have it and we can.

Exercise caution though. Don't make it too obvious. People won't be happy about some one taking photos of them in a compromising position. We don't want our expensive phones snatched away from us.
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