Drivers brazenly flout traffic norms, endangering the lives of passengers

The road accident that took place at Nanakramguda last Monday has once again turned the spotlight on the reckless driving on part of seven-seater autorickshaw drivers.

Even as the traffic police claim that stern action was initiated against those found brazenly violating the traffic norms, autorickshaw drivers continue to act according to their whims and fancies.

Speeding beyond acceptable limits, allowing passengers to sit beside the driver, halting on the main road, and reckless driving are factors that contribute to the increasing number of road accidents, complain many.

Uppal Ring Road, Dilsukhnagar, Hayathnagar, Karmanghat, Ghatkesar, Bowenpally, Raidurgam, Kompally, Pahadisherif etc. are famous for the seven-seater autorickshaws – which are a lifeline for thousands of office-goers at these city suburbs.

Eight persons, including four school students, were injured when a seven-seater autorickshaw overturned at Nanakramguda last week. Raidurgam Sub-Inspector M. Mahipal Reddy says it occurred due to careless driving and adds, “Driver Nagaraj was going over 70 km per hour and he lost control while taking a turn.”

Moreover, he was driving the vehicle while listening to songs on a mobile phone with ear plugs on. He was under-aged and did not have a valid driving licence, the SI points out.

Passengers blame traffic police for failing to control the problem as many drive their autos without adhering to norms. Rules stipulate that seven persons, including the driver, have to travel in a seven-seater autorickshaw. However, drivers allow at least 12 passengers.

AITUC Auto Union General Secretary B. Venkatesam admits that drivers are violating norms but at the same time, he accuses the police of playing a ‘key role in the violation by accepting bribes'.

There are over 10,000 seven-seater autorickshaws plying in the suburbs and they are a preferred means of transport in absence of other modes of travel.

Ban

Incidentally, movement of these autos are banned in the city limits after a major road accident took place on Tank Bund a few years ago.