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Auto-rickshaw registration drive kicks off

Commuters in the Millennium City will soon get respite from unruly shared auto-rickshaws.

india Updated: Nov 10, 2011 00:58 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Commuters in the Millennium City will soon get respite from unruly shared auto-rickshaws.

To speed up the process, the city traffic police have initiated the auto registration process and half of the work has already been completed. Besides this, autos will be marked in different colours or identification marks for separate routes and credentials of all driver will be verified.

The traffic police plans to regulate 15,000 share auto-rickshaws to keep a tab on the practice. Of the total 15,000, around 3,000 autos are illegally plying on various routes in Gurgaon as these are not registered with the transport authority.

A majority of the auto drivers are minors and don’t carry their driving licence and other documents.

“We are receiving a number of complaints about auto drivers and their misconduct. They are involved in activities such as driving vehicles with tampered or numberless registration plates, overloading, misbehaving with passengers and violation of traffic rules. To control such activities, we have started the registration process,” said Bharti Arora, DCP traffic, Gurgaon.

It will become mandatory for drivers to display information, such as their name and contact number, in the form of a sticker inside or outside their autos.

With this, passengers will have information about the auto driver in the event of any crime.

“Also, we are planning to change the colour of autos. Different colours will be for every route. This will help commuters to easily identify autos for their respective route,” said Arora.

“Some drivers pose a serious threat to the safety of passengers. Apart from being driven by minors, they carry passengers beyond the permissible limit. We will take action against those involved in any misconduct,” said Arora.

First Published: Nov 10, 2011 00:57 IST