Traffic police crack down on overcharging autos
DELHI: The traffic police on Sunday joined the Delhi state transport
department in cracking down on autorickshaw and taxi drivers for
commissioner of police (traffic) Maxwell Pereira said, ‘‘We
will go the whole hog with prosecution this time. Firm instructions
have been issued to the traffic personnel saying not let the errant
auto drivers go without prosecuting them.’’The police
will assist the transport department in the crackdown from Sunday.
the traffic police’s record, so far this year, has been
dismal. Till July 15, the traffic police personnel had prosecuted
only 5,559 auto drivers
for overcharging and misbehaving, as against 11,635 drivers during
the same period last year.
problem of overcharging was rampant this year. There were more
instances of overcharging this year, ever since the auto drivers
had to fit electronic fare meters. But the traffic police adopted
the go-slow process,’’ said Anil Sood of Chetna, a
voluntary outfit working against the problem of overcharging.
Instead of cracking down on erring auto drivers, the traffic police
had turned a blind eye. The prosecutions on several offences have
dipped, as only 1,332 — as against 1,661 last year —
auto drivers with defective meters had been booked till July 15.
Similarly, they had prosecuted only 5,472 auto drivers —
vis-a-vis 14,359 drivers last year — on account of refusal.
‘‘This established the connivance between traffic
policemen and auto drivers. Reduced prosecution figures show the
policemen neither have the will nor intention to crack the whip
on auto drivers,’’ Sood said.
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