KOLKATA: The death of an app-bike passenger — the first this year and also probably one of the first reported cases ever in this city — has led the Kolkata traffic police to decide to write to the transport department yet again, seeking help in monitoring their movements.
The cops have hinted that they might speak to the app-bike providers soon to try and ascertain if any specific interventions are required. The cops are likely to ask all app-based bike aggregators to ensure they get the bikers to use yellow number plates.


Avoidable accidents add to the pressure on the already-overburdened health facilities. They also up chances of the virus’s spread by increasing avoidable people-to-people contact. Cops, of course, will bolster road-safety measures. But safe driving practices, which are anyway important, become even more so now.

Cops said that any app bike, that does not have a yellow number plate, will now be prosecuted. The cops have also warned of strict action against private two-wheeler owners. “We understand that the Covid situation has led to an exponential rise in two-wheelers in the city. Many of them are being allowed to run with temporary papers. But anyone breaking the law will have to face consequences. Repeat offenders will face compounded cases where the fine amounts will be big,” said an officer at Lalbazar.
The fresh action being contemplated after the death of Sujay Maiti (34), who met with a fatal accident on the EM Bypass, late on Friday night while returning to Kasba from CIT Road. Maity, who hails from Namkhana in South 24 Parganas, was on an app-bike when it skidded on the wet Bypass and hit the divider. When Maiti was trying to get up, a truck hit him from behind and dragged his body. Amir Hossain, who was riding the app bike, escaped with mild injury.
“It is difficult to identify such bikes on the road. From riding dangerously to not even having a driving licence — the complaints have kept mounting. Similarly, bikes that are used to deliver food, too, have been found to be flouting laws. We are now noting down the number plates of these bikes and maintaining data to find out repeat offenders,” said an officer from the Jadavpur traffic guard.
Lalbazar has also asked all police stations to be aware at night after repeated complaints that certain bikers, especially in the Phoolbagan-Narkeldanga area, were rashly riding their two-wheelers.