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Car fires wake RTO staff up

RISING INCIDENTS of vehicles catching fires have geared up the Regional Transport officer (RTO) and his staff to launch a fresh the drive against four-wheelers running on LPG illegally.

india Updated: Jun 15, 2006 00:01 IST

RISING INCIDENTS of vehicles catching fires have geared up the Regional Transport officer (RTO) and his staff to launch a fresh the drive against four-wheelers running on LPG illegally.

“We are chalking out a foolproof strategy to catch the wrongdoers soon,” said RTO Gangaphal while talking to the HT Lucknow Live. SP (Traffic) Onkar Singh said the traffic police hardly got time to check a vehicle whether it was fitted with an authorised LPG kit. The RTO staff is supposed to enforce the law of making people drive with the authorised cylinder kit only and traffic police are always there to assist them in the cause, Singh said.

It was on Tuesday only that a car caught fire suddenly in Hazratganj and the police recovered an LPG cylinder from the spot. The cylinder was kept in the car and was thrown by the vehicle owner soon after the fire was detected in the vehicle. It was, however, yet to be established if the fuel chamber of the car was connected with the cylinder.  

The RTO, while explaining about the regulation related to the vehicles driven with gas, said that driving four-wheelers with gas was not against the law. If the vehicles are properly fitted with the gas cavity and its kit it was authorised and risk-free. These vehicles get the gas filled from an authorised centre at Jankipuram, which is quite expensive, RTO said.

He further said to avoid bearing costly expenditure of authorised fitting of gas fuel kit and the refilling the people get domestic cylinder fitted manually. The vehicle owners ignore the hazards of getting gas cylinder fitted manually without the proper kit. Since they get the domestic cylinder at the subsidised rate the vehicle owners prefer driving with the domestic cylinder, RTO Gangaphal said.

The RTO said that it was required to enforce law to make the people aware about the hazard of moving in the car with gas cylinder illegally. The drive against such vehicles would soon be begun in the city, the RTO said.

Similarly, SP (Traffic) Onkar Singh said that the traffic police would help the RTO staff in checking of the vehicles fitted with unauthorised gas cylinder. It was initiative of the RTO staff in coordination of the traffic police that drive against the school vans running with the gas cylinder was conducted. It had forced the vehicle owners to follow the rules.