Staff Reporter

Regional Transport Office staff to carry out inspections

ARIYALUR: The district administration has warned auto drivers against flouting the High Court judgement on passenger limit.

Officials of Regional Transport Office would carry out inspections on a periodic basis and initiate stringent action against erring autos. As per guidelines, autos can transport only three adults at a time.

The Transport Department has permitted autos to accommodate five children below the age of 14 years, according to the Collector R. Sudalaikannan.

Permits will be cancelled for autos found with unauthorised seating arrangements or those transporting more than the permitted number of passengers, Mr. Sudalaikannan said, and instructed auto drivers to desist from canvassing for passengers within 200 feet from bus stops. They should also park their vehicles only in the allotted spots. Likewise, overloading of passengers in heavy vehicles meant for goods transport would also be dealt with severely.

Addressing the Road Safety Council Meeting on Friday, the Collector informed that cases have been registered against 241 persons for drunken driving. A fine of Rs. 1.27 lakh has been collected from 112 persons.

The administration has recommended cancellation of licences for motorists caught driving in an inebriated condition, he said and asked officials concerned to ensure that unwanted speed-breakers are removed and reflectors are fixed at curves. At eleven accident-prone spots, the Highways department was asked to do the road markings, put up speed-breakers and instal reflectors. The Ariyalur and Jayankondam municipalities were informed of the need to earmark suitable spots for auto stands.

The Collector said parking of heavy vehicles along busy thoroughfares should be prevented hereafter and that cement factories have been approached to carry out blacktopping and maintenance of the College Road.

A proposal for construction of road over bridge at Ariyalur Railway Gate has already been forwarded, he said at the meeting in which officials of Police, Road Transport department and Highways department, and municipalities participated.