Overloading continues in autos,Admn devises new strategy to keep check

Overloaded auto-rickshaws are still a common sight on city roads,days after the Administration claimed it will keep a check on the number of students ferried by them and take strict action against those flouting rules.

Written by RituSharma | Chandigarh | Published:January 22, 2009 12:14 am

Overloaded auto-rickshaws are still a common sight on city roads,days after the Administration claimed it will keep a check on the number of students ferried by them and take strict action against those flouting rules.

While no traffic police checkpost has been deployed outside any school,only 22 auto-rickshaws have been issued challans till date for overloading. The Administration had also said it will impound those auto-rickshaws which are issued challans more than three times.

The auto-rickshaw operators,however,claim that the traffic police assured them of cooperation if they do not ‘overload too much’. The Administration,meanwhile,has come up with another plan to curtail the menace — constitute four different teams under the supervision of the State Transport Authority (STA) and the traffic police.

“A target of 200 challans per day has been fixed for the joint inspection team and four teams have been constituted for the purpose. The joint inspection team has been formed by the STA and traffic police for better enforcement purposes,” said Secretary (Transport) Ram Niwas.

Under the ban,auto-rickshaw drivers were directed not to ferry more than five students. While the auto-rickshaw operators wanted this number to be raised to eight,the Administration stood firm.

“We have already approached senior officials of the traffic police and STA. If required,we will meet the Home Secretary to discuss the matter and reach a compromise on the number of passengers to be carried,” said Jarnail Singh Chauhan,president,Auto-Rickshaw Union.

Besides students,the Administration had also fixed the maximum number of local passengers to be ferried at four. They can easily be spotted overloaded,carrying nearly 10-15 passengers,especially the ones coming from Mohali. “The rules are stricter for auto-rickshaws carrying daily passengers. If these rules are not followed,action against the concerned authorities will be taken for the lapse on their part,” added Niwas.

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