The traffic police in association with the auto-rickshaw union on Saturday issued uniforms and identity cards to auto-rickshaw drivers and directed other auto-union members to follow the suit.
The members of two auto-rickshaw unions registered with the department were distributed uniforms and identity cards.
Traffic police have made it mandatory for auto-rickshaw drivers in the city to wear uniform displaying batch and identity cards while plying vehicles within the municipal limits or else they will be fined for violating traffic rules from Sunday onwards.
Officials in traffic police department said that to tighten the noose over illegally plying auto-rickshaws and to control increasing mishaps on city roads, they have asked auto-rickshaw drivers to wear uniforms.
Traffic police officials said drivers will be fined and their auto-rickshaws will be impounded if found plying on city roads without proper documents.
The district transport office informed that only 30% auto-rickshaws plying on city roads have valid permits.
Several auto-drivers have been found flouting traffic norms.
An increase in the number of illegal auto-rickshaws is also causing traffic snarls at many places.
Assistant commissioner of police (ACP traffic) Dalbir Singh Buttar said due to increase in their number it becomes difficult to identify illegal auto-rickshaws.
The traffic police made it clear only five passengers can be carried in an auto-rickshaw.
Ravi Sabharwal, president, United Auto-Rickshaw Workers Trader Union, said the registered unions agreed on this since it is a matter of public safety.
Baljit Singh Dhillon, ADCP (special branch), said only registered unions with the district transport office will be given uniforms and identity cards to distribute them to drivers who have valid permits to ply on city roads.
“We will also organise seminars to educate and aware auto-rickshaw drivers about traffic rules. It will help reduce road accidents,” Dhillon said.