Rickshaws running in the city without proper licences will now be challaned. Five months after the notification of the Chandigarh Cycle, Rickshaw and Loading Rehri (regulation and control) bylaws, the civic body has now asked its enforcement staff and the SSP Traffic to start checks and issue challans if any rickshaw-puller was found without driving licence and number plates. The process is slated to begin this week itself.
Even though no awareness drives have been conducted for rickshaw-pullers about the new bylaws, the civic body has now asked the authorities to go strict on the violators. However, in a bid to let the rickshaw-pullers know about the orders, the junior staff of the enforcement wing have been going around telling them about the punishment.
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“A number of rickshaw and rehri-pullers are plying in Chandigarh. As per the Chandigarh Cycle, Rickshaw and loading rehri (regulation and control) bylaws, no person shall keep a rickshaw either for plying/ hiring or for private use. No person shall drive or pull a rickshaw within limits of the city without license granted by an officer in this behalf. The by-laws further provide that licence fee shall be chargeable at the rate notified by the UT administration from time to time. You are requested to direct the staff working under you to ensure and carry out random inspections of driving licenses,” stated the order.
The by-laws have also been sent to the respective departments to check if the rickshaw-pullers were following the norms laid in it or not. As per the by-laws, Registration Certificate (RC), driving licence (DL) and number plates have been made compulsory for rickshaws and loading rehris in the city. If rickshaws and rehris were found violating the norms, they would be impounded. For one-time offence, a fine of Rs 300 have to be paid for second time Rs 400 and third time offence will invite a fine of Rs 500. In case of applying for DL or RC, the administration had suggested that granted document shall expire after a period of five years, 10 years and 15 years as the date may be from the date of issue depending on the fees paid. For an RC, an amount of Rs 600 will have to be paid for five years, Rs 1,000 for 10 years and Rs 1,500 for 15 years respectively. For a DL, Rs 300 would have to be paid upto the age of 50 years.
Amid this, Eish Singhal, SP headquarters who is holding the additional charge of SSP Traffic said that the orders have not reached yet.