Autos should not take more than five children, below 14-years

The traffic police have issued a set of guidelines to be strictly followed by auto drivers in the city.

Announcing the guidelines at a meeting, in which over 200 auto drivers participated, here on Monday, the police officers appealed to them to ensure that they followed the rules and guidelines in the larger public interest. The auto drivers should wear uniform while driving their vehicles and should possess driving licence. They should not be under the influence of alcohol while ferrying passengers. The auto rickshaws should not encroach upon the space meant for bus stops in the city either to take or drop passengers. There should be a clear space of about 200 metres on either side (front and back of bus stops) for free movement of buses.

The drivers should not carry more than five children, in the age group of below 14 years, in their vehicles. The auto rickshaws should not be hired for illegal purposes. They should not violate road rules by going in one-way.

A pamphlet distributed to the participants contained as many as 43 points on the reasons for road accidents. To name a few, the police had stated speeding, drunken driving, talking on mobile phone while driving, driving without proper rest, neglecting road signals at intersections, overloading, and foot-board travel, among others.

Announcing these guidelines, the police officers said that Commissioner of Police P. Kannappan had, at a recent review meeting, instructed them to check and regulate the vehicles following complaints from public.

Assistant Commissioner of Police K. Magudapathy said that strict action would be taken against erring auto drivers. “Do not mix drink and drive” was the message, he underlined in his address. Similarly, he assured that police personnel would not harass the drivers under pretext of checks. However, he wanted the drivers to be responsible and possess all relevant papers in their own interest.

Public can call 103 (traffic control room) in case of any emergency and for specific grievances/complaints or suggestions for traffic improvement in the city. They can also contact 98423-41167 or 94434-60829.

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