Jaywalkers no longer to be fined

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The provision of levying fine on jaywalkers for violating traffic rules has been annulled.

The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) had started to slap a fine of Rs 200 on jaywalkers from May 15. However, the Division has said that jaywalkers will have to take an hour of class instead of paying fine.

"We've only stopped taking fines from jaywalkers. It does not mean that pedestrians are allowed to cross the road from anywhere they please," Spokesperson of the Division SP Lokendra Malla told Setopati.

Home Minister Janardan Sharma Prabhakar has directed IGP Prakash Aryal and Division Chief Additional Inspector General of Police Mingmar Sherpa not to fine jaywalkers. He has said fines should not be taken from pedestrians without proper road infrastructure.

Earlier, jaywalkers had to pay a fine of Rs 200 or had to take a class of three hours.