To put a check on violations such as plying of vehicles with incomplete documents, overloading, and vehicles causing pollution, the state transport authority (STA) conducted an intensive drive during the months of January and February for commercial vehicles. As many as 2,920 vehicles were checked and a total of 837 were challaned.
The authority collected Rs 13.53 lakh as compounding fee. More checking will be done in the coming days.
STA secretary Mahavir Kaushik advised motorists to carry all the required documents - registration certificate (RC), insurance, driving license, pollution control certificate, and permit. Schools and school-bus operators were also advised to engage only those drivers, who had an experience of minimum five years of driving a heavy vehicle. School authorities and school-bus operators have also been advised to follow norms laid down by the administration.
The move for checking driving schools and pollution-check centers has also been started to ensure good-quality driving and to make the City Beautiful a smoke free city. Auto-operators have also been asked to charge fare according to the fare meter and wear uniform with a name plate.
STA will launch a special drive to challan and impound diesel auto rickshaws coming from Punjab and Haryana without valid documents, and which have completed a span of 15 years. STA has urged public not to use such auto rickshaws to avoid inconvenience.