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Maruti Baleno gets towed with engaged handbrake

Maruti Baleno towed with handbrake engaged
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In urban areas, challenges related to parking often result in traffic law violations, with vehicles parked in No-Parking zones facing consequences such as immobilization with parking boots and fines. In certain cases, these vehicles are towed to the nearest police station to alleviate congestion. However, a recent incident sheds light on the improper towing of a car, highlighting the importance of handling such situations responsibly.

As India witnesses a surge in vehicle sales, particularly in major cities like Delhi where economic growth drives personal transportation investments, congestion becomes a prevalent issue. A video shared by automotive enthusiast Nitish captures an incident in Saket, Delhi, where a tow truck attempts to tow a previous-generation Maruti Suzuki Baleno from a No-Parking zone near Anupam PVR.

The footage reveals the tow truck, loaded with motorcycles, towing the Baleno with its parking brake still engaged. This practice is not only ethically questionable but can also cause significant damage to the towed vehicle. The Baleno in question has drum brakes in the rear connected to the handbrake, commonly used by drivers when parking. Towing a vehicle with the handbrake engaged can result in damage, including uneven flat patches on the tires due to friction and heat.

The video clearly shows the rear left drum brake locked and being dragged, creating a flat patch on the tire. The right rear wheel moves freely, indicating potential brake damage on that side. In contrast to more advanced methods used in Western countries, such as mobile cranes or flatbeds, the incident highlights the need for proper towing practices to minimize damage. The use of wheel dollies on the rear wheels or flatbeds with trained operators can prevent unnecessary harm to towed vehicles.

While some state government police departments utilize specialized tow trucks with additional equipment like wheel dollies for towing demonstrations, real-life situations often involve third-party towing service providers. These providers may prioritize quantity over quality, employing untrained staff and leading to property damage that vehicle owners must bear. This underscores the importance of adopting responsible towing practices to protect both public and private property.