There is good news for those who are tired of light four- and three-wheelers disturbing traffic on Delhi roads. In an order issued on June 18, the Delhi Traffic Police has regulated plying of the light transport and goods vehicles, both four- and three-wheelers, by assigning lanes to them.
If these vehicles drive outside their designated lanes, they will be penalised, said senior officials of the Delhi Traffic Police. According to official sources, currently there are 1,25,083 registered light goods vehicle, including 55,000 three-seater rickshaws (TSR), on Delhi roads.
The order states that the the light four-wheel transport vehicles will ply in the extreme left lane of the six-lane roads.
And the three-wheel light transport vehicles will be restricted to the second lane. Both the lanes are designated bus lanes.
On four-lane roads, three-wheel transport vehicles will ply on extreme left lane. The TSRs can ply on all six lanes.
"Of late, we have received a number of complaints against the three-wheelers plying on all lanes, obstructing other vehicles. Keeping these problems in mind, we have decided to regulate the movement of light transport vehicles on the roads of national capital territory. In absence of proper lane assignment to them, these vehicles endanger lives of others," said Ajay Chadha, special commissioner of police (traffic).
"We will give the light goods vehicles a week to regulate their service. After that, our men will prosecute those found violating the order," said Chadha.
The civic road agencies, maintaining the roads and areas, have been instructed to put up signboards indicating the lane assigned to the light four- and three-wheel transport vehicles in their respective areas, said Prabhakaran, deputy commissioner of traffic police (headquarters).