With the motive of safe and disciplined traffic on city roads, the Aurangabad traffic police have started action against overloaded autorickshaws in the city and collected fine of Rs 50,000 in just two days.
This was the second such dashing action by city traffic police in this month. The recent action against dark glasses of vehicles has horrified private vehicle owners. Afraid of it, many people themselves removed dark films from the glasses of their vehicles.
The police on Thursday commenced action against drivers carrying more than three passengers in one autorickshaw. On Thursday, the police took action against 22 autorickshaw while on Friday 28 autorickshaws came under action. An amount of Rs 50,000 was collected from them. According to assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Borhade, autorickshaws of 'Ape' make are being used for this illegal overloaded transportation. The Regional Transport Office (RTO) has permitted to carry three passengers in one autorickshaw at a time as per the section 52 of RTO Rule, but making arrangements of additional seat in the rear portion, autorickshaw drivers carry seven passengers at a time, which is the open violation of the RTO Rule.
From Thursday, the police started check points at several places in the city with the help of Cantonment, Cidco, Mukundwadi police. During the drive, they found that despite having permission of carrying three passengers most of the autorickshaws were carrying seven. Such type of transportation has been a regular practice on Jalna Road, Jalgaon Road, Railway Station Road and Waluj Road.