The Society for People's Welfare and Awareness, a city-based NGO has demanded immediate measures to be taken to control three wheelers on city roads.
While welcoming the decision of Punjab and Haryana high court for a ban on three-wheeler auto-rickshaws from ferrying school children, Dr DS Bhullar, convener of the NGO, said the majority of the three-wheelers running on city roads could be seen emitting high quantities of smoke (exhaust) even now. "These vehicles are very old with old engines or are using substandard fuel. As a result the city environment is being continuously exposed to smoke pollution, leading to a direct threat from a number of respiratory problems," he said.
"Secondly, the three-wheeler drivers can be seen flouting with the traffic rules as they are often seen over speeding, jumping red lights and carrying passengers more in number than permitted. The haphazard parking of these vehicles leads to inconvenience to commuters and other vehicles. Most of the drivers may be operating without valid driving license, which needs to be checked in the interest of public safety," said Bhullar.
He said that the society demanded immediate survey and measures to be taken to stop plying of these three wheelers on city roads.