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Coronavirus Lockdown: Mumbai Police Seizes Over 16000 Vehicles For Violating Road Travel Guidelines

As per the new safety guidelines, the Mumbai Police had said that all the vehicles found plying beyond a 2 km radius from their residence for anything other than essential services will be impounded.

On June 29, the police department seized 16,291 vehicles for violating the rules of phase-wise unlocking expand View Photos
On June 29, the police department seized 16,291 vehicles for violating the rules of phase-wise unlocking

Highlights

  • On June 29, the Mumbai Police impounded 16,291 vehicles
  • Vehicles plying beyond 2 km radius without valid reason will be impounded
  • All outdoor movements should be restricted for essential activities

With the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the city, the Mumbai police recently issued new lockdown guidelines that prohibit residents from travelling outside a 2 km radius from their homes. The city police on Sunday, June 28, had said that any vehicle found plying beyond the stipulated perimeter from their residence, without a valid reason, will be seized. Now, the Mumbai Police has announced via its Twitter handle that on the first day of the new lockdown regime, June 29, the department seized 16,291 vehicles for violating the rules of phase-wise unlocking.

Reiterating the seriousness of the issue, the Mumbai Police, in its latest tweet said, "We request citizens to cooperate by adhering to the guidelines. Do not travel unnecessarily without any valid reason (emergency/essentials) or for any non-permitted activity and beat the virus."

The Maharashtra government is implementing phase-wise unlocking, and the police department, under the 'Mission Begin Again' initiative had urged Mumbaikars to follow them strictly and act responsibly as a citizen for their safety. As the city reopened in a phased manner, the police department observed that many are violating the norms. Thus, the new rules were brought into effect to prevent overcrowding at public places as COVID-19 cases have been increasing enormously across the city.

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Mumbai Police had mentioned that movement beyond 2 km will be permitted only for attending office or for medical emergencies

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In its tweet, Mumbai Police had mentioned that movement beyond 2 km will be permitted only for attending office or during medical emergencies, while other activities, like buying daily essentials, will need to be taken care off within the 2 km radius. Apart from these, people will need to practice social distancing when outside and wearing face masks are mandatory for everyone. The night curfew still stands in place and no movement is allowed except for essential activities between 9 pm and 5 am.

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