To tighten the noose around auto-rickshaw drivers who ferry passengers in the city without a valid permit, the traffic police have issued directions for the drivers to wear uniform and display their union batch while plying on the city roads from October 15.
Anyone found violating the direction issued by the traffic police will face stringent action. Traffic officials said that they held a meeting with auto-rickshaw drivers and union members few days ago and directed them to wear proper uniform and display batch of the union while plying on the city roads.
Many auto-drivers have been found openly flouting the norms and are plying on the city roads without valid permit. The increase in the number of illegal auto-rickshaws is also causing traffic snarls at many places.
Traffic police officials also made it clear that as per the permit and traffic safety norms, only five passengers could be accommodated in a single auto-rickshaw but many drivers are not following it.
However, after the meeting the union representatives have agreed to abide by the rules and have given their word that only registered autos with drivers wearing proper uniform will only ply on the city roads.
Sources in the traffic department said that deputy commissioner (DC) KK Yadav had formed a committee namely Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) three months ago and is conducting monthly meetings with officials to control the traffic snarls and curb the menace of autos plying on the city roads without a valid permit.
He has also directed the traffic police to issue challans and impound the auto-rickshaws, which are running without valid documents.
According to the information gathered from the district transport office, it has been revealed that only 30% auto-rickshaws plying on the city roads have valid permit. Even as a large numbers of autos are running without proper documents, nothing much has been done to bring the situation under control.
Meanwhile, the traffic police revealed that they have issued around 299 challans to auto-rickshaws violating the norms in the past two months. Sources in the police said that whenever police initiate action against the violators, the union members hold protests, claiming that they have not been informed about the rules.
Subash Sondhi, president of auto-rickshaw new railway station union, said that a meeting was held with police officials and they were directed to wear proper uniforms while driving the auto-rickshaws in city.
Dalbir Singh, assistant commissioner of police (traffic) said, "We have issued warning to the auto-rickshaw drivers and union members to register their vehicles and start wearing uniforms, otherwise they will be fined October 15 onwards in the city."