Mumbai, police will still seize your vehicle if you head out without reason
If you think you could head out in Mumbai at will now with lockdown restrictions being eased, think again. The Mumbai Police has warned against non-essential travel in the city, advising against heading out without a valid reason.
“Strict legal action will be taken and vehicles will be seized if any non-permitted and non-essential vehicular movement is noticed,” the police tweeted. “This is not just against the rules but also not in favour of your own safety, at this crucial moment in Mumbai’s fight against COVID-19.”
“All movement outdoors should be restricted to essential activities only,” an officer told The Times of India. “Visit to markets, salons, barber shops shall be restricted to those in the neighbourhood. Movement outside this radius for shopping is strictly prohibited.”
With festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Muharram and Onam approaching, the city can expect increased police checks and blocks along roads to keep a check on non-essential travel. Travel restrictions have been in place in Mumbai since the lockdown was enforced in March.
Only essential workers, including government staff and healthcare professionals, can commute by local trains. Pillion riders are not permitted on two-wheelers, and not more than four people, including the driver, are allowed to travel in four-wheelers. This rule applies to private vehicles, as well as taxis, Ubers and Olas, which are to be used only for essential work.
How to get your vehicle released
A vehicle owner can either make a plea in court, or submit an affidavit at the police station of their jurisdiction.
- If the vehicle is seized under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (disobedience to an order duly promulgated by a public servant), the vehicle owner needs to apply in court for “release of property”. The owner can approach the police station for his or her bike or car if the court rules in their favour.
- In other cases, the owner needs to submit a bond, an affidavit on a Rs100 stamp paper, to have his or her vehicle released.
- In case the traffic police has issued a challan, the owner has to pay a fine, as well.
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