Following the alleged abduction of Snapdeal’s 24-year-old legal department executive in an autorickshaw, the Ghaziabad police has decided to initiate a drive across the city to streamline the functioning of shared autorickshaws.
Senior police officers said a majority of autorickshaw drivers did not follow the assigned routes and there was no system in place to verify the authenticity of a driver.
“We will identify routes for autorickshaws and then prepare a system to record the route charts. We further plan to issue numbers or colour codes to vehicles so that drivers deviating from the assigned route can be identified immediately. We also plan to issue identity cards to autorickshaw drivers and make it mandatory to wear the IDs during duty hours,” said Atul Kumar Yadav, circle officer, Indirapuram.
There are around 16,000 autorickshaws in Ghaziabad. Unverified autorickshaw drivers mostly rent autorickshaws and frequently change their vehicles. There have been a number of incidents of passengers being thrown out of an autorickshaw after being robbed, raped or injured.
Citizens have repeatedly raised concerns over the lack of a safe and comfortable internal mode of transport in Ghaziabad.
Snapdeal executive Dipti Sarna was allegedly abducted by four unidentified men in an autorickshaw on February 10 near the Hindon. She claimed that she boarded an autorickshaw outside the Vaishali Metro station but changed vehicles midway as the first vehicle had a snag.
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The police in neighbouring Noida started issuing unique identification numbers to autorickshaws. This ID will help the police track the vehicle, its driver or the owner in case of any problem.
“The ID number, details of the driver, phone number, auto registration will be displayed in bold letters inside the vehicle, facing the passengers so they can note down the details and send it to friends or relatives. The idea of issuing the serial numbers is to make travelling safer and also check auto driver menace,” said Dinesh Yadav, superintendent of police (city).
Passengers, especially women, are concerned about safety while travelling in autorickshaws. Complaints of vulgar comments by drivers and loud and provocative music are common.
“The ID number will also act as a deterrent for autorickshaw drivers. They will abstain from behaving in an unpleasant manner with passengers,” the SP said.
The city police has asked the CNG auto drivers’ association to follow the order. The association appealed to all its members to cooperate with the police.