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Gurgaon police launch SMS service to verify autos

In a drive to provide security to residents,Gurgaon police have launched a safety service called AutoVerify.

In a drive to provide security to residents,Gurgaon police have launched a safety service called AutoVerify.

AutoVerify is connected to the transport database of police,which has details of 18,263 auto-rickshaws (registered in the past eight years) through the regional transport department. Police have now computerised the details of these registered autos.

With this new application,anyone can SMS the registration number to 00860622032 (not toll free). The customer will receive a reply stating whether the auto is verified. Consequently,if there is a case of crime,police said they will be easily able to trace the vehicle using this application. Messages sent by users will be stored on the police network.

Bharti Arora,Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic),said,“Many people in Gurgaon travel by auto-rickshaws,especially to places where there is no Metro or bus connectivity. There have been incidents where the auto drivers have tried to fleece the customer or attempted a crime. There have also been incidents where unidentified persons have tried to attack an auto driver.

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“In both the cases,through this initiative,anyone who travels by an auto-rickshaw will feel safe,especially women. The customer on receiving a response from police will know whether the vehicle they are travelling in is registered or fake. This will help check petty crime and help police verify these vehicles. Vehicles which do not take note of these measures will be impounded. It will become difficult for them to ply in Gurgaon.”

In the next phase,Traffic police will computerise a database for taxis and other commercial vehicles with the help of the Transport department,to ensure that a strong safety mechanism is put up in all public vehicles,the Gurgaon police commissioner Alok Mittal said.