November 15, 2019 9:39:13 pm
More than three percentage of the total road accidents which happened last year in Chandigarh involved auto-rickshaws. Confirming this, DSP (traffic) Kewal Krishan said, “Our road accident analysis wing examined the mode of vehicle in every road accident. Despite the fact that total fatal road accidents come down in the recent years, auto-rickshaws are always prone.”
Chandigarh witnessed 98 accidents in 2018. As many as 25 auto-rickshaw passengers were critically injured in these accidents and three of them died— all the three were auto drivers.
In 2017, 107 road fatalities were reported and out of them 9 persons were auto-rickshaw passengers including one woman. Meanwhile, The overall mortality rate in road accidents has come down over years in Chandigarh.
This year, as many as 65 fatal road accidents were reported, out of which two were auto drivers. The recent fatal accident was reported when a speeding Scorpio hit an auto-rickshaw killing its driver, Chandan Kumar, on the spot and injuring eight others at Airport light point on November 5. The Scorpio driver, Om Parkash, was arrested later.
Sources said that besides the reported cases of road accidents, there are a few other cases in which FIRs were not registered but auto-rickshaw passengers were killed in them.
“In March, 2017, a woman named Rajni, 25, fell to death from a moving auto near Sector 29 roundabout (Tribune chowk) on Dakshin Marg. Neither it was established whether the woman fell out of auto after being hit by another vehicle nor the auto was traced. Police had started inquest proceeding. The particular incident had raised concern about the safety of auto-rickshaw passengers.”
Anil Thakur, president of Tricity Auto Union, said, “Indeed, the safety of passengers in the auto-rickshaws is a serious concern. In fact, new CNG- operated autos coming in the market have built in doors on both the sides. There are two kinds of autos, small and big sizes. In the small ones, three passengers along with driver are allowed, while the big autos, four passengers along with driver are allowed.”
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