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Updated: January 5, 2014 07:28 IST

‘Clean’ stickers for Chennai's violation-free autos

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The initiative has come following repeated protests by autorickshaw drivers in the city over alleged police harassment.
The Hindu The initiative has come following repeated protests by autorickshaw drivers in the city over alleged police harassment.

Police identify over 16,000 vehicles that have maintained clean records for 2 years

If you sight an autorickshaw sporting a unique, flashy, red sticker with a swish, consider the driver has maintained a clean sheet and not been penalised for traffic violations over the last 24 months.

In a step towards recognising law-abiding autorickshaw drivers from more than 71,000 vehicles plying in the city, the police, in coordination with the State transport department, recently carried out a study on the on-road track record of autorickshaw drivers.

“We have identified over 16,000 autorickshaws that have maintained a clean record for two years, in terms of violations, as per the Motor Vehicles Act. To acknowledge the drivers, we have introduced an exclusive sticker which will be pasted on their vehicles,” said commissioner of police, S. George, on Saturday.

The sticker with the hologram of the city police emblem will be issued to deserving drivers from Monday, as part of the autorickshaw meter enforcement drive carried out by the city police from November 16, 2013. Elaborating on the initiative, joint commissioner of police (traffic), A. Arun, said another sticker in a different shade would be issued to drivers on a temporary basis following on-road checks by police personnel.

“The navy blue sticker will indicate the vehicle has undergone inspection by traffic police personnel and is clear of violations. Therefore, the driver will not be pulled over frequently,” Mr. Arun said.

Both the initiatives have come following repeated protests by autorickshaw drivers in the city over alleged police harassment.

Earlier, the city police, as part of an intensive drive along with the regional transport department, carried out over 1.11 lakh checks on autorickshaws plying in the city and impounded over 1,100 vehicles.

Traffic police statistics reveal nearly 18,500 autorickshaw drivers are still not plying by the meter and close to 20,000 vehicles do not have valid documents or permits and a good percentage of autorickshaws are indirectly owned by policemen.

“Our drive towards meter enforcement will be intense till we bring in an attitudinal change among drivers, and passengers, to go by the meter. An inquiry is on into police personnel operating vehicles,” Mr. George said.

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Good way to nudge the drivers to follow rules. But then is there also a way to push the drivers into putting meters.

from:  sram
Posted on: Jan 6, 2014 at 17:01 IST

Good to see the idea of coming up with stickers that differentiate between good and erring auto drivers. But are we sure that the auto drivers are not going to the counterfiet the good stickers.? How to check the genuinity of the stickers. erring drivers will always try to find a way to cheat..

from:  Bala
Posted on: Jan 5, 2014 at 17:07 IST

Applaud with Hand High for the great step taken by Police to appreciate the honor of honest Auto Drivers. Such steps must be taken in fields of Govt & Private sector whichever directly link by common man & even such honor should be given to police how deal the citizen with respectful & in a polite manner no matter which caste / position he/she may belongs.

Bitter fact within state we are not sharing knowledge Such kind of creative hidden within state it should be spread all over india and also we Indian politics are lacking in good relationship with other state for the growth of Nation & once again to bring strongest secularism in the world.

from:  shahid ahmed
Posted on: Jan 5, 2014 at 11:28 IST

A very good initiative indeed ! But it doesnt take into account the
number of times they got away from being booked in the first place by
just paying a bribe.

from:  Sujay Iyer
Posted on: Jan 5, 2014 at 05:52 IST
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