Despite many initiatives, including a law, making speed governors mandatory for auto-rickshaws plying in the city, authorities have failed to tame unruly auto-drivers.
However, following public outcry, authorities have planned stringent measures to make errant auto-drivers fall in line by cancelling registration of vehicles which do not have speed governors. Also, officials have decided to rope in traffic police to crack down on rouge drivers. “There are many autos which do not have the device. We have asked the police department to intensify their drive against errant drivers and penalise them,” said Dharmender Singh, secretary, state transport authority.
According to an estimate, there are about 6,000 unauthorised autos in the city.
Auto drivers are unfazed. Sachet, president of Bus Stand Auto Union, said, “Ideally, speed governors should be made mandatory for heavy vehicles. We have to stop the vehicle every 100 meters. Our speed does not exceed more than 40km/h.” Jatinder Singh, a driver, said, “It costs nearly R6,500. We can't afford it. Our monthly income is much less than this.” Another driver Rakesh Yadav said, “Why only us. The government should make speed governors mandatory for luxury cars also. After all, most accidents are caused by them.”
Meanwhile, in the wake of rising crime involving auto-drivers, unions have chalked out a strategy to curb crime.
RK Pradhan, president of Yellow and Pink Auto Union, said, “The crime in autos is increasing. It is only a minority that is involved in crimes. So we have asked drivers to display their details — name, address and phone numbers. So, if a driver misbehaves with a passenger, the latter can make a complaint to the police.”
Pradhan said, “We have asked the deputy commissioner of police to make this mandatory in all autos. This can prevent crime to a certain extent.” Khushboo Mehta, a resident of DLF Phase 2, said, “This is a good step and this should be made mandatory for all autos.”