Cops Act Tough against Autorickshaw Drivers - The New Indian Express

Cops Act Tough against Autorickshaw Drivers

Published: 20th January 2014 09:19 AM

Last Updated: 20th January 2014 09:20 AM

The Kochi city police have taken strict measures to ensure that meters are functioning properly in the autorickshaws plying in the city. It also launched a drive to book autorickshaws that run without meters. On the first day of the drive, the police took action against 257 drivers who plied autorickshaws without meters or without turning on the meters.

The police also charged `1,000 as fine from each driver and the total fine amount collected was `25,700. City Police Commissioner K G James said meters have been made mandatory in auto rickshaws plying in Kochi Corporation limit, Kalamassery, Thrikkakara, Tripunithura, Maradu, and Eloor municipality limits.

Deputy Police Commissioner Muhammed Rafique directed sub-inspectors under the Kochi city police limits to check meters of auto rickshaws during vehicle checking. The police will also direct the passengers to only give meter charge on being dropped at destination.

The strict drive will continue until all the auto drivers follow the rules and turn on meters while boarding passengers. The police said they had intensified two-wheeler checking in the city to curb drunken-driving cases. As many as 27 persons were booked from Kochi on Sunday for drunken-driving and 25 cases were registered at several police stations for rash and negligent driving and actions were taken against 475 for various other petty cases.  Cases were registered against 21 persons, who drove other vehicles, for driving in intoxicated state.

Among four-wheeler drivers, 73 were charged for rash driving and 784 for other petty cases.

The police also recommended cancellation of driving licences of 11 persons.  The total fine amount collected from the city on Sunday was `1,63,900.

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