City police have impounded over 125 autorickshaws, including shareautos, for want of permits in recent days, the Commissioner of Police, P. Balasubramanian, said.
After inaugurating an air-conditioned kiosk for traffic police near Periyar bus stand, the Commissioner said that merely imposing fine on the violators did not have the desired impact.
The Deputy Commissioner (Traffic), J. Rajendran, said the traffic police had been streamlining the movement of autorickshaws, shareautos and minibuses at bus stops.
Mr. Balasubramanian warned the truck operators of banning entry of the vehicles into the city, if they failed to adhere to the timings of entry of lorries in the city. He said that every month Rs. One lakh fine was being levied on trucks that violated the timings. On the kiosk, the Commissioner said that it was for the first time in the State, traffic police got an AC kiosk. It has been promoted by an NGO, Food, through sponsorship from Pothy's, a popular textile showroom. Loyola Joseph of Food said that the kiosk would save traffic constables from smoke and dust pollution as they spend eight hours on road every day. Each kiosk costs Rs. 70,000. Pothy's will sponsor around 10 such kiosks.