Deputy commissioner Vivek Atray has asked the police to keep a check on auto-rickshaws being driven either illegally in the city or too rashly, risking lives of passengers.
"It is brought to your notice that the number of auto-rickshaws plying in the city have increased alarmingly. These auto-rickshaws are normally driven by untrained drivers with invalid licence or no licence at all," Atray wrote to the deputy commissioner of police, Hamid Akhtar.
Atray has said many auto drivers overcharged passengers and drove rashly causing accidents. "The cases of overloading have also been reported, especially where children are involved," he wrote.
The district administration head has called for stern action and regular checking to prevent such auto-rickshaws from creating "unwarranted situations in the city".
Of late, Panchkula police has increased its presence on roads and have been carrying out a challan drive.