It seems that the special drive of city traffic police against tractors and trolleys, which are creating problems in residential areas as well as on the roads, has failed to check the menace.
Thousands of tractors continue to transport construction material and other commercial goods in gross violation of traffic rules. While the traffic police claimed to tight the noose on the tractors and trolley with the launch of their drive against them, the illegal movement of such vehicles for the commercial activities has become a common phenomena in the city.
The police claimed that they have challaned 1,525 such vehicles during January-November 15 this year, while the figure was only 125 during January to December last year.
"We are doing our best to control such practice in the city. We have launched a special driver to deal with this problem and will take more strict action against the violators," said a senior traffic police official on the condition of anonymity.
These tractors and trolleys have been given permission only for agricultural activities. However, their operators are using them for the commercial purpose across the city.
Owners of such vehicles are taking advantage of registering their vehicle for the agriculture purposes and using them for commercial activities, causing huge revenue losses to the state government.
These vehicles are also responsible for several accidents in the city. Their presence on busy roads has become a biggest hurdle for the free flow of the traffic. They are neither insured and nor they have relevant documents, the official said.
Such vehicles can be spotted easily at various traffic signals. They break traffic laws with carrying the construction materials. These vehicles have been found to be a main cause of traffic jams, even as most of them do not carry the require permits to be used for commercial purposes.
"Tractors have been used for carrying the materials for construction site. Only few of them have commercial permits and rest of them violate the rules. We will issue challan against them," the official added.