The Indirapuram police on Friday launched a drive to numerically code autorickshaws that ply from Vaishali and Kaushambi Metro stations. The move is aimed at increasing accountability of auto drivers, following the recent kidnapping of a Snapdeal executive in an autorickshaw.
Stickers bearing codes have been pasted on 320 autorickshaws in the area after verification of relevant permits to ply in the region. Commuters will be able to remember these codes easily, compared to registration number in case of any problem, officials said.
The stickers will also include the phone number of Indirapuram’s circle officer and commuters can use this helpline to complain about erring autorickshaw drivers. The police say that the stickers will also help passengers differentiate between unauthorised autorickshaws and authorised ones.
“The coding process will allow the police department to keep tabs on autorickshaw drivers and trace these vehicles easily in case of any complaints. The database of these coded autorickshaw rickshaws will provide us pertinent information in case of any untoward incident,” Atul Kumar Yadav, circle officer of Indirapuram police station, said.
Codes of autorickshaws in Vaishali start with ‘V’ and in Kaushambi, ‘K’.
Meanwhile, the police have also put up display boards at Kaushambi and Vaishali Metro stations with phone numbers of officials to be contacted in case of misbehaviour by an autorickshaw driver.
The display board which has been put up at the entrance of the stations reads that “No autorickshaw driver is allowed beyond this point. In case an autorickshaw driver misbehaves with a commuter coming from the metro station, following numbers can be contacted for complaints…” .
“The move is aimed at weeding out unauthorised and unverified autorickshaws which continue to ply in the area. There are many autorickshaw drivers who do not have permit to ply in this region and still continue to do so. The coding process will isolate such vehicles and ensure passengers’ safety. Further, we request passengers not to board autorickshaws which do not have the stickers,” Yadav said.