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Unauthorised, diesel autos to go off city roads

The fast deteriorating traffic system in the city owing to uncontrolled movement of condemned vehicles like buses, auto rickshaws, taxis, school buses, etc without permit and mushrooming numbers of drivers having no bona fide licence and basic driving training poses a threat to the safety of commuters and required concerted efforts to do away with. Moreover, the district transport authorities are yet to initiate steps to check drunken driving. Shaheen P Parshad reports.

punjab Updated: Dec 14, 2013 19:02 IST
Shaheen P Parshad

The fast deteriorating traffic system in the city owing to uncontrolled movement of condemned vehicles like buses, auto rickshaws, taxis, school buses, etc without permit and mushrooming numbers of drivers having no bona fide licence and basic driving training poses a threat to the safety of commuters and required concerted efforts to do away with. Moreover, the district transport authorities are yet to initiate steps to check drunken driving.

In this backdrop Hindustan Times questions district transport officer (DTO) Angrez Singh on measures being taken to improve the prevailing scenario. Excerpts:

How many permits/certificates have been issued to condemned buses this year and how many were rejected?

I do not have figures with me right now, but the department takes a serious note of such cases. We are certainly looking into it and none of the condemned buses will be allowed to ply on city roads.

What the department is doing to keep the phased out autos (more than a decade old) off the roads?

We are conducting regular checking and scrutinising their documents. Besides this, with an aim to check pollution and traffic chaos, unauthorised autos and those running on diesel will not be allowed to ply on city roads.

How many vehicles, especially buses, are plying on city roads without licence and permit?

Again it's hard to furnish figures as of now, but we conduct regular checks to ensure that none of the vehicles ply without licence and permit.

What actions do you taken against the owners of such vehicles?

The owners are usually challaned and a fine is imposed on them as per the prescribed rules.

What is being done to ensure the safety of students commuting in school bus?

Seminars are conducted regularly by the department and schools to sensitise the school bus drivers on the traffic rules. We conduct regular checking to ensure whether the school bus drivers possess proper licence, wear the prescribed uniform, observe the speed limit and are well-versed with the traffic rules, and action is taken against the defaulter.