The state transport authority (STA) challaned 909 vehicles out of the 3,200 checked during an intensive drive in September.Traffic police issuing a challan to a violator at Sector 45-46 lightpoint in Chandigarh.
Interestingly, among the vehicles challaned are three driving school vehicles.The drive was conducted with the aim to keep a check on violations, such as vehicles plying without complete documents, causing pollution and overloading.
The authority collected rs12.8 lakh as compounding fees during the drive that will continue in the coming days.
STA secretary Satish Kumar Jain advised commuters to carry all required documents — registration certificate (RC), insurance, driving licence, pollution control certificate and permit. He also advised school and school bus operators to engage only those drivers who have experience of driving heavy vehicle for a minimum of five years, besides following the norms laid down by the administration on the basis of the Supreme Court guidelines.
Auto-rickshaw operators have also been asked to charge fare as per fare meter and wear uniform with name plate.
STA plans to soon launch a special drive to challan and impound diesel auto- rickshaws coming from Punjab and Haryana without valid documents and those that have completed their life span of 15 years.
STA has urged the public not to hire such auto-rickshaws to avoid inconvenience.