For more than a month now, the UT State Transport Authority (STA) has imposed a ban on entry of diesel auto-rickshaws from other states. Yet, there has been no enforcement due to shortage of staff. More than 11,000 autos from Panchkula and SAS Nagar enter the city daily.
This strange state of affairs came to light after the STA released a press note detailing the June 8 decision on Wednesday, claiming that the minutes of the meeting were finalised only a day or two ago.
Transport secretary KK Jindal said that autos coming from other states coming to city will be challaned. It was also decided that the existing diesel autos in Chandigarh should be converted into LPG by providing subsidy.
The meeting also decided that surprise checks will be conducted by the STA at pollution check centres to check if any fake pollution check certificates are issued. The licence of the centre will be cancelled if found guilty and fine will also be imposed.
It has also been decided that goods carrier vehicle, commercial and private service vehicles which have completed 15 years will not be permitted in the city. There will also be total ban on re-registration of transport vehicles from other states after five years of their first registration.
The permission was granted to allot contract carriage permit to all India tourist bus after 8 years of expiry of all India tourist permit validity.
The STA will also charge Rs 2,000 for approval of new models of vehicles by STA.
The STA also made it mandatory that drivers of passenger transport vehicles will wear grey trouser and grey shirt (CTU not included).