Amid COVID-19 curbs, Mumbai Police announces colour-..s for essential service vehicles; all you need to know – Firstpost

Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale said persons found misusing the stickers will be strictly prosecuted.

Amid COVID-19 curbs, Mumbai Police announces colour-coded stickers for essential service vehicles; all you need to know

Barricades erected by police as part of restrictions at a vegetable market in Mumbai on Thursday, 15 April. AP

In a bid to limit vehicular traffic and ensure smooth passage for ambulances and vehicles for essential and emergency services, the Mumbai Police has started a system of colour-coded stickers for such vehicles, according to several media reports.

“We are strictly implementing the lockdown policies stated by the government and now we are limiting vehicle flow on the roads. As a result of that, at important checknakas and toll naka, there are traffic jams and in these traffic jams, doctors, nurses, medical staff and medical vehicles like ambulances and medical supply vehicles are getting trapped. As a solution to this, we are starting a policy of self sticking stickers (sic) to be used by doctors, medical staff and the vehicles supplying essentials,” Mumabi Police Commissioner Nagrale said in a video on Saturday.

Vehicles belonging to doctors, medical staff, ambulances and those engaged in supplying medical equipment will have to sport red stickers, while vehicles transporting food, vegetables, fruits, groceries, dairy products, etc, will have to have green stickers, he said.

People employed in essential services such as civic officials, personnel of electricity, telephone department and press will have to paste yellow stickers on their vehicles, he added.

The owners of drivers should themselves display the six-inch, round stickers on the front and back screen of the vehicles, Nagrale said. The stickers will also be made available at nakabandi points and toll nakas free of charge, he said, adding that persons found misusing the stickers will be strictly prosecuted.

The move will discourage unwanted vehicular movement on roads and at check points, easing the movement of ambulances and medical supply vehicles, Nagrale said.

“If you fall under any of these categories, then please fix the sticker on your vehicle before coming out on the road,” he added.

In the video, Nagrale said the system will be implemented from Saturday evening itself.

The Mumbai Police on Twitter said the order pertaining to the colour-coded sticker system will be effective from 7 am on 18 April to 7 am on 1 May.

With inputs from PTI

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