HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: A panel formed to investigate alleged misappropriation of revenue by the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division and its 29 units submitted its report to the Directorate of Traffic Police today.
The 24-page report prepared by DSP Gopiman Shrestha based on monitoring of MTPD and its units was submitted to DoTP DIG Kedar Prasad Saud at the Nepal Police Headquarters.
According to a source, MTPD and its units were found to have sanctioned Green Stickers (emission stickers) to vehicles without conducting emission tests in some cases. The probe committee members also caught the Kathmandu Valley-based traffic units printing out Time Card to be distributed to public vehicles on their own instead of taking approval from the NP headquarters for the same.
Interestingly, traffic authorities impose a fine of up to Rs 200 to vehicles found violating the Time Card. The source informed that valley traffic cops were found to be depending on verbal directives to execute crucial decisions, though they need written orders for the same. The report has recommended the DoTP to depute responsible officials in sectors concerned to implement decisions in an orderly manner. However, the investigation could not establish that revenue collected from traffic rule violators had been misappropriated, the source said.
The report has recommended to authorities to computerise record files, manage bank voucher of revenue collected, distribute Time Card only with the approval of the office concerned and introduce a provision of depositing fines in bank accounts instead of making payments at traffic police units. Recently, MTPD invited Nepal Rastra Bank-authorised commercial banks to submit proposals to open accounts so that traffic rule violators can deposit fines. With introduction of the system, traffic rule violators will have to deposit fines in a bank and go to MTPD or its subordinate traffic unit with the vouchers to reclaim their seized driving licences. The source said the report has not recommended departmental action against any traffic police personnel and units.