February 2, 2015 4:19:34 am
The Special branch of the Mumbai Police, currently conducting background checks of all taxi drivers in the city, has written to the Regional Transport Offices informing that 463 taxi drivers in Mumbai have been denied a ‘clear character’ certificate.
The exercise to verify the antecedents of around 45,000 taxi drivers was launched in December last year following the rape of a passenger by an Uber cab driver in Delhi. As many as 1,300 drivers have been screened so far.
“We have written to the RTOs that 463 drivers have been denied a clear character certificate until now. Of these, 430 were not staying at addresses mentioned against their names in RTO records. And 33 had suspicious or criminal backgrounds,” said a Mumbai Police officer. The officer added that the police are also discussing possible action against these taxi drivers, including preventive action under provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
Meanwhile, the SB is still collecting data to complete the drive. “We estimate that there are close to 45,000 taxi drivers in the city, including yellow top taxis and fleet cabs. We have only received data of 26,901 drivers so far,” said an officer.
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