: Transport Department officials, led by Regional Transport Officer (North), conducted checks on erring autodrivers in the city on Wednesday.
Following complaints, the District Collector, U. Sagayam, had directed the officials to look into it and register cases against autodrivers who were found violating the Motor Vehicles Act.
The RTO (North), N. Ravichandran, said that 19 auto rickshaw drivers were charged for various violations, which included overloading, driving without licence, non-possession of pollution certificate and operating without fare meter.
Apart from detention of 18 autorickshaws for a week, spot fine of Rs.6,600 was also collected from the erring drivers, he added.
In the recent weeks, consumers complained that utilising holiday rush and festival season many autorickshaw drivers demanded not only exorbitant fares but also indulged in rash driving in the city.
Traffic police personnel said that overloading autos was fined and in some cases they impounded the vehicles during a check conducted recently.
Transport Department officials Ganesh Subramanian, Karuppiah and Selvi, who were part of the operation, warned the erring autodrivers against violating road rules. The drivers were instructed to wear uniform and display their badge with names prominently. Many autodrivers, who were found talking over their hand phones, were also punished for the offence as it attracted a fine of Rs.1,100, they added.
Public can complain about any MV violations by the autodrivers with the RTO authorities and Mr. Ravichandran assured stern action as per law.