The women-friendly autos of the City Police, christened ‘Pink Autos’, will start plying in the capital from Monday, City Police Commissioner P Vijayan said on Sunday.
‘’Even though both women and men can travel in these autos, priority will be given to women, families and children. Details of the drivers of women-friendly autos will be maintained at the police control room, all police stations and the women’s help desk,’’ he said.
Those who wish to travel by the ‘Pink Autos’ should dial the control room number 100 or the women’s help desk number 1091. Arrangements have been made to provide the trip from the nearest Pink Auto stand, the Commissioner said.
Additionally, the police wireless system also will be used for arranging rides, the Commissioner said. The public can identify a ‘Pink Auto’ by the special sticker pasted on it. The auto drivers have been instructed to display their official identity cards. The drivers have also been instructed not to deny passengers short trips from places like the railway station, bus stand and the airport. Music systems are banned in the Pink Autos and the drivers have also been asked to maintain complaint books in the vehicles.
The Station House Officers of each police station in the city limits will convene a meeting of the drivers once every three months to monitor and review the progress of the project. According to the Police Commissioner, the police were prompted to the launch this project after finding that women found travel a difficult proposition, especially during night time.