The primary objective of Highway Traffic Police is to improve the flow of traffic while ensuring the safety of citizens and providing emergency help to those in need, while on drive.
The State Traffic Branch (S.T.B), formed in 1948, was empowered to carry out cases under the Motor Vehicle Act (M.V.A.) and Bombay Police Act (B.P.A.). Due to various complains it was then disbanded in March 1989. In 1992, the Highway Safety Patrol Scheme was re-initiated due to an increase in dacoities and robberies on the Highways. Thereafter, the staff earlier under the Superintendent of Police of the District, were then reallocated under the control of Deputy Inspector General of Police (Highway State Police) and the Inspector General of Police, Traffic was declared as the “Head of Department”.
As of today, there are a total of 63 Traffic Aid Posts (TAPs), divided into 5 regions, namely – Thane, Pune, Nagpur, Raigad and Aurangabad which regulate, monitor and control traffic on the Highways. The head of each region is the “Superintendent of Police” and each TAP comprises of 3 Sub Inspectors, 6 Head Constables, 24 Police Constables and 3 Drivers.
§ 1948: State Traffic branch (S.T.B) formed and empowered to carry out cases under the Motor Vehicle Act and Bombay Police Act.
§ 1989: State Traffic Branch was disbanded in March 1989 due to various complaints and the staff was brought under the Superintendents of Police of the districts.
§ 1992: Highway Safety Patrol Scheme started due to increase in dacoities and robberies on the Highways, earlier Staff brought under the control of DIG (HSP).