It isnâ€™t the legislators, nor the bureaucrats,not even the press which breaks so many strict Shimlaâ€™s sealed and restricted road laws, it is the police itself which breaks most traffic rules in the hill station and gets away without being rapped.
Sources say only a handful of top IPS officers have valid permits to travel on the sealed and restricted roads of Shimla.
But it is common knowledge that most IPS and HPS officers break the rules by driving their official and private vehicles on these roads.
The lowly constable has to look the other way when these violators drive past, worse he has to even salute these law breakers and sanction their entry on to the sealed and restricted roads of Shimla.
There is much talk of a young and enthusiastic IPS officer who some months ago took over as the police chief of Shimla.He is making efforts to streamline Shimlaâ€™s traffic.There is talk of being tough on all traffic violations like neighbouring Chandigarh.
But there is no evidence to show if the in-house police violations are being checked.The men in khaki(now blue) continue to speed past on the unique traffic free roads of Shimla.
Ask the lowly constable and he will tell you instead of stopping these violators he has to salute these law breakers with a flourish.
The current police chief of Himachal Pradesh has recently made a novel gesture by dropping his sir name from his name plate and badge.He has also asked all his officers to do the same, so that the public sees them as casteless and classless civil servants of the public.
It is time the police chief now orders his officers to shed their pompous police titles as well and stop bullying traffic constables on Shimlaâ€™s roads.
For long there is so much talk about how idle and top heavy the Himachal Pradesh police is.There is virtually no work for many officers in the state.
Many question the need for so many officers in the state which must be one of the most peaceful and crime free in the entire country.
So idle are police officers in Himachal that their focus and targets are naturally elsewhere, outside the state in foreign destinations.
Most are busy lobbying to get lucrative UN and other foreign postings and bringing back a fortune which will not even be taxed back home.
Grabbing a foreign posting is the most popular talk among police officers as they sit idle, bored,scheming and lobbying in their offices or driving past Shimlaâ€™s sealed and restricted roads with disdain !