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Drive against use of domestic LPG in vehicles

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CAUGHT: Regional Transport Officer M. Natarajan, centre, seizing an unauthorised LPG cylinder fitted to an autorickshaw in Tiruchi on Thursday. —
CAUGHT: Regional Transport Officer M. Natarajan, centre, seizing an unauthorised LPG cylinder fitted to an autorickshaw in Tiruchi on Thursday. —

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11 autorickshaws booked

TIRUCHI: Motor vehicles using liquefied petroleum gas as fuel came under the scanner during a special drive conducted by officials of the Transport, Police and Indian Oil Corporation in the city on Thursday.

The drive, taken up under instructions of Collector T.Soundiah and Deputy Transport Commissioner S. Kanagaraj, was intended to prevent the misuse of domestic LPG cylinders in vehicles.

Eleven autorickshaws which were found to be using domestic LPG cylinders were booked. The vehicles were apparently retrofitted with unapproved gas kits, Transport Department officials said.

About 115 autorickshaws and cars were checked during the drive conducted by the team led by M.Natarajan, Regional Transport Officer, Tiruchi, in the Cantonment and Central Bus Stand areas.

Mr.Natarajan said vehicles using LPG as fuel should be fitted with authorised kits and have the endorsement of the Transport Department. The Transport Department would continue the drive and owners of vehicles found using domestic LPG cylinders would face stern action.

Four other autorickshaws were booked on the charge of overloading while carrying school children. Two tourist taxis were also booked on the charge of overloading.

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