Bengaluru: Even before a majority of commuters got themselves familiar with the yellow zig-zag line puzzle at traffic junctions across the city, the lines have started fading.
These checkered patterns were introduced at more than 11 spots to manage traffic in these heavily congested junctions. The Bengaluru Traffic Police had said that the area within these lines is the zero-tolerance zone and more than one lakh spot fines had been collected till now for violating the rule.
The gridlines indicate that the vehicles can’t stop in the area and should make way for pedestrians. A vehicle user violating the rule has to pay a fine of Rs 100.
“Every day they come up with new rules and regulations. I don’t know what these yellow lines are and many others like me don’t know either,” said Chandan Prakash, a commuter.
“We are trying to educate the people, but we can’t educate everyone,” said DCP, Traffic (East), Shiva Kumar. Another commuter at the Sadashivanagar junction said that until the police put up a signboard, no one will know what these lines mean and the police cannot impose fines without creating awareness.
“More yellow grids will be planned soon, once the white topping and other works are completed,” said Additional Commissioner of Traffic R. Hithendra.
The yellow zig-zag lines are painted with thermal static paint and it can stay only for 3-4 months and that is the standard, he said. "With the heavy traffic in the city, the paint is wearing off soon. We have to keep painting it once in 6 months to maintain it,” he said....