TAMIL NADU

`Poor response' to issue of yellow cards on first day

CHENNAI OCT. 10. The number of `Yellow cards' issued to autorickshaw owners after verifying the original registration certificate, permit and insurance was low on the first day today, indicating that the process might take some time to complete.

On an average 30 to 40 cards were issued by officials of the eight Regional Transport Offices, including the Meenambakkam RTO at Alandur, according to officials.

Majority of vehicle owners sent their drivers, while the department insisted that the owner should bring the vehicle along with the original documents. The drivers were thus asked to return. In some cases, the owners came without their photos, and they were asked to bring the same on Monday.

The RTO (south), Tiruvanmiyur, topped the list with about 11,500 autorickshaws having registered with it. In the other offices, the number varied between 5,000 and 6,000, said the authorities. The Valasaravakkam RTO was the lowest, with 2,000 vehicles having registered there.

A senior Transport department official, who visited the RTOs, said `we expected around 300 vehicles to turn up for the card on the first day today. As the information did not reach them clearly, the response was poor. Those who returned without obtaining the yellow card will surely come with the required documents later.'

There was no specific deadline fixed for issuing the card. The work would go on till each RTO issued the card to all the vehicles registered with it. "We hope to complete the work before the end of this month", said another senior official.

While all the other offices filled the details in the cards manually, the South RTO used its computer data and issued about half a dozen cards on the first day. `Using the data from the computers is handy and it also reduces the time taken to fill the details manually', say the officials.

"If the system works well in the south office, we will try to adopt it in the other RTOs also', said the officials.