ANDHRA PRADESH

Checking of vehicles: current system to continue

VIJAYAWADA, MARCH 17. The general secretary of the Andhra Pradesh Lorry Owners' Association, M.V. Subba Rao, in a statement issued here on Thursday, said that the Home Minister, K. Jana Reddy, assured a delegation of the association that the "existing system" would continue in respect of power of checking vehicles.

The association called on the Home Minister and appealed to him to rollback the decision to empower Sub-Inspectors of police to check vehicles. Actually, officer of the rank of Circle Inspector were only eligible to check vehicles. Mr. Subba Rao also said that the Home Minister assured the association that he would look into the issue of granting bail to driver at police station-level and release of vehicle on the surety of vehicle owner in cases of accidents.

The Minister for Transport, S. Santosh Reddy, assured the association that the Government would issue orders within a month reducing user charges by 30 per cent on transport vehicles. Orders would also be issued removing the tollgates on 13 bridges in the State, as the tenure of collecting toll would end by March 31.

He also said that the Government would issue instructions to stop the collection of charges being levied on lorries in municipalities and panchayats.

Senior officials and the association's president, P. Gopala naidu, office-bearers, N. Bhaskara Reddy, P. Samson, Anji Reddy and Durga Prasad, also participated in the discussion with the Transport Minister.

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