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Updated: January 28, 2014 00:28 IST

Colour code to uncover illegal autos

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It will be assigned to each vehicle after verification of documents and ownership

The traffic police have come up with a colourful idea to rein in autorickshaws being plied illegally. Each auto-driver will be given an alphanumeric code depending on the area in which he/she operates. The code is to be printed on a colour-coded number plate and displayed in the front and rear of the vehicle.

There would be seven colour codes representing each traffic sub-division in the city. The new scheme, titled “Bangalore City Saptavarna Suraksha Sugama Sanchara", will help identify autos plying in the city illegally as the alphanumeric code and special number plate is to be provided after verification of each vehicle’s documents, a police officer said.

The city has about 1.3 lakh autorickshaws. There have been several complaints against drivers alleging harassment, refusal to ply, demanding excess fare, taking longer routes and rude behaviour.

Police find it difficult to track the driver concerned if complainants do not note down the registration number of the auto. In many cases, when a vehicle is sold ownership details of the autorickshaw is not updated in the Regional Transport Office concerned.

Additional Commissioner (Traffic) B Dayanand said, “The proposal has been approved by the authorities concerned. It will be implemented soon.”

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