is the Traffic Marshal Scheme?
The Ambala Traffic Police has introduced the concept of Traffic
Marshals on lines of the Chandigarh Traffic Police in order to
improve its interface with the citizens. Under this scheme citizen
volunteers are invited to participate as 'Marshals' in the enforcement
drives of the traffic police. As a first step, the volunteers
are sensitized about the need for road safety and the role of
traffic law enforcement in achieving the same. The procedure adopted
for the challaning of traffic offenders is also explained to the
marshals. The marshal is then picked up from his residence at
the time of the planned joint enforcement activity after seeking
his consent in advance. The marshal then performs the task of
answering any queries posed by any traffic offender who is being
challaned in the field for the commission of a traffic offence.
The marshal serves as the community's observer for ensuring complete
transparency and impartiality of the enforcement process. The
marshals often provide useful feedback on possible weaknesses
in the challaning process and suggestions to remove the same.
The Traffic Marshals are also invited to all Road Safety Events
and programmes organized by the traffic police.
Who can be a Traffic Marshal?
Any citizen can enroll as a Traffic Marshal. Preference is given
to senior citizens and retirees having some relevant experience
in public dealing.
How can you enroll as a Traffic Marshal?
As a first step the volunteer is required to fill up an application
form and provide a copy of his latest passport size photograph. The form would be mailed to you or may even be delivered
by a special messenger. The filled up form may then be mailed
to the Office of the Superintendent of Police, Ambala. District
Police Headquarters, Police Lines Ambala. The application form
may also be downloaded from this site. After a short trial period
a special badge is provided to the marshal in recognition of his
services. The badge is worn prominently by the marshal during
joint enforcement activity.