The city police would conduct a special drive on July 12 to check whether all school bus drivers and auto-rickshaw drivers are following the traffic and road safety norms. The city police organised a meeting with representatives of private school managements and auto-rickshaw drivers' unions on Thursday. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) M. Ravindranath told them that the police would seize any vehicle that was found violating the traffic rules. This apart, the driving licences of erring drivers would be cancelled too, he cautioned.
Listing 20 points to the auto-rickshaw drivers, Mr. Ravindranath said they should have all documents with them and wear khakhi uniform while driving the vehicle. No auto-rickshaw should be parked in bus stops. Drivers of auto-rickshaws that ferry school children should not carry more than six students and such vehicles should have boards written ‘school auto' on the front side and back side. Neither passengers nor school children should be allowed to sit beside them while driving.
In respect of school buses, the DCP said managements should ply only those buses that were in good condition, he said. Most importantly, the drivers of auto-rickshaws and school buses should not use mobile phones while driving the vehicle. Over speed and driving in inebriated condition would also be construed as violation of the rules, he cautioned.