The Gramin Seva service, which has been plying autos on city roads for years, taking the police for a ride, will now face the music.
Coming down heavily on autos that ply with Gramin Seva permits, Delhi traffic police prosecuted as many as 670 autos on Thursday for traffic norm violations.
This is the first time that so many autos have been fined across the Capital on a single day.
Each of the operators was slapped with a fine of Rs 2,000 through which traffic police have collected over Rs 1.3 lakh, said officials. Most of them were challaned either for overloading or reckless driving.
"Violation of road norms by Gramin Seva autos have become a menace, which prompted us to carry out a special drive against them. We have decided to act strictly with the ones which would be found either plying dangerously or carrying passengers beyond capacity," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
"The drive will continue till we inculcate discipline among the Gramin Seva operators," said a senior officer of Delhi traffic police.