Over 650 unauthorised autos booked in an hour

The next time you hire an auto, at especially at night, better be careful as the driver at the wheel may not be an authorised one.

Of the 2,500 odd autorickshaws which were checked during a 90-minute drive on
Wednesday night, almost one-fourth were being driving by men not carrying the mandatory public service vehicle badge.

“Of the 2,570 three wheelers checked, 657 drivers were found to be driving without a PSV badge. Only six owned the vehicles as well. The rest were driving autorickshaws hired on rent,” said Satyendra Garg, joint CP (traffic).

While the auto drivers without a PSV badge were slapped a fine of Rs 100, a challan of Rs 2,000 was slapped against owners who had rented out their vehilces,  violating permit rules.

Besides, the permit of such autos were suspended immediately for up to 30 days.
Surprisingly, 2,083 three wheelers were booked for similar offences over the last five months, while over 650 vehicles were booked during the 90-minute drive on Wednesday alone, which reflects the large number of people driving autorickshaws without the PSV badge during the night.

Traffic police have launched the special drive against the three wheeler drivers after a series of complaints received against auto drivers without the PSV badge. Officials said the absence of a badge on a driver compromises with the security of the passengers, as the badges are issued after verification of the driver.

While challans were issued against 1,480 auto drivers, at least 258 vehicles were impounded. “The vehicle of auto drivers who failed to produce even a driving license and other papers apart from the PSV badge were impounded. A total of 172 drivers were found to be driving without a driving license,” said Garg.

Traffic police officials said the drive would continue between 9 pm and 10:30 pm. Random drives would also be conducted during the day.

An additional drive of two hours was conducted between 4 pm and 6 pm on Thursday.
As many as 810 drivers without badges were challaned, 755 vehicles violated were found violating owner permit and 75 drivers caught operating without a driver’s licence on Thursady, police said, adding 263 vehicles were also impounded.

TSRs booked

* Jumping red light: 10,009.
* Improper Parking: 28,534.
* Owners subletting autos to unauthorised drivers: 2,083.
* Dangerous driving: 889.
* Without driving license: 456.
* RC violation: 927.

Pollution control certificate drive

Motorists driving vehicles without having pollution under control certificate may land in trouble with Delhi government deciding to launch a mega drive from Monday to crack down on violators, reports PTI from New Delhi . Thirty teams of enforcement wing of transport department will carry out the drive till June 18 during which all types of vehicles will be checked.

Transport minister Arvinder Singh Lovely took the decision to launh the drive. If a motorist does not have a pollution under control certificate and if he is first time offender, then a fine of Rs 1,000 will be imposed while the fine amount will be Rs 2,000 in case of second time offenders.

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