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Bumpy ride ahead for minor drivers

india Updated: Dec 19, 2006 11:48 IST

The Noida Police have started a special drive against minor drivers after Sunday's accident on the DND flyway where a 16-year-old boy lost control of his car and crashed into three vehicles.

"Minor driving accounts for 40 per cent of total accidents. We caught four school students on Monday near the Spice Mall," said a senior police officer. “Although we check commercial vehicle drivers regularly but private vehicle monitoring was not being done as effectively because of several constraints,” said Assistant Regional Transport Officer RR Soni.

Sunday’s incident, according to Soni, is part of a larger issue. Noida police, Soni said, is facing severe staff crunch. “It is just impossible to check each and every vehicle and there have been instances when our personnel have been threatened by these school and college students with knives and guns,” Soni added.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Traffic Police is planning to take strict action against erring autorickshaw drivers who overcharge and refuse to ply by the meter. The police launched a special drive against such rogue auto drivers on December 16.

The police have also put up a special helpline for such complaints. A consumer can register his grievance by calling the helpline number — 23378888 — or by sending an SMS to 6767.