Yesterday, 29th September it was a routine day with lot of travelling and meetings as usual. Since I used to have driver for my vehicle earlier, I have better temperament towards traffic signals, fortunately. I do not accelerate with seconds closing in or on orange light usually, unlike before.
Interesting incident about yesterday was the fact when a traffic cop assumed I had jumped a signal and approached. Upon being convinced that I actually had not jumped the signal, he tried pointing out towards other issue. While the issue was definitely legitimate, but I am certain majority of vehicle owners must not be aware of the same.
The only awareness I had, was the penalty information for offence which cannot be “exorbitant”. I was asked to pay a fine of Rs. 1000… All I knew was for lack of vehicle reverse etiquettes; I hopefully shouldn’t be fined for Rs. 1000. All I knew was the fine amount may not be actually Rs. 1000 (and even if it was, I would pay it at the collection office) and that I will not pay cash without valid chalan. That too, after allowing motorists to jump signal on the other side of the road, when it was my turn.
As it turned out, the modest traffic cop wasn’t keen to give me the receipt and I was not ready to pay any amount lesser than Rs. 1000 (without chalan). “Considering this as first time offence, I was absolved by the modest cop and I thanked him gracefully”.
We both knew how and what transaction was expected and there was bound to be disappointment for one of us. Fortunately, it was my turn not to be disappointed this time.
Further (if you have time to read)
I have spent time assisting traffic cops, though for a very brief period of time on certain occasions. Most often, it is indeed the offender who argues and wants to evade the signal, rules and eventually getting the chalan. The first action is denial, then rebellion and then persuasion towards discounting. We often conveniently forget who the offender is but are quick to jump on the conclusion; who’s the corrupt. It is the chasm within which we find others to fill, and blame.