On the first day of the crackdown on unruly autorickshaw drivers on Greater Noida’s roads, the police on Tuesday challaned 25 drivers. The police had earlier given autorickshaw drivers an ultimatum to get their uniforms and documents ready by April 10.
“Six autorickshaws were seized for plying without relevant documents. Fifteen were issued tickets for not wearing uniforms and the rest were challaned for various other offences, including driving in the wrong lane, faulty number plates, and overloading,” said Abhishek Yadav, superintendent of police (rural), Gautam Budh Nagar.
After a number of complaints of overloading, misbehaviour with passengers, driving without uniforms and proper documentation, the police had called a meeting of autorickshaw drivers on April 4. They were asked to comply with the rules and get their documents and uniforms ready by April 10, according to the police.
“Civil society members also circulated pamphlets to spread awareness among autorickshaw drivers and requesting them to follow the traffic rules. Now that the deadline is over, teams have been deputed at various locations to check the erring drivers,” Yadav said.
The satellite city has nearly 3,000 autorickshaws. The police announced that they will be relaunching the unique identification number drive after the present drive is over.
“The unique identification number must be painted on each autorickshaw. Residents will help us in relaunching the campaign. New, updated data will be complied with the latest identification proof of autorickshaw owners,” said Yadav.
Autorickshaws and taxis are the two major modes of transportation inside Greater Noida.
“Last-mile connectivity remains a problem in the city. This drive is aimed at providing a safer mode of transportation and last-mile connectivity to residents,” said Yadav.