Don't be surprised if a well-mannered driver with an Identity Card greets you while boarding any city or magic van in near future.
This is quite possible as after facing competition from well-managed city buses unleashed on city roads, the van operators are all set to revamp their poor image.
Ahilya Tempo Union-representing 1,000 van owners-has chalked out strategy for altering image of the van service in co-ordination with traffic police.
Parasram Yadav, president of union, told dna that the van operators now face competition from organised and well managed city buses, so improving functioning is imperative now.
The makeover started with commencement of sticker pasting on 45 vans on Sunday. "These stickers would signify that driver of van concerned has got documents like fitness, insurance, route permit and driving licence verified by traffic police," Anjana Tiwari ASP (Traffic) said.
The officer added that following the proposal from the union, sticker pasting drive has been undertaken and shortly other measures like training of drivers, their police verification and issuance of identity cards would be pursued.
"The stickers would help vans possessing route permits for rural areas and running in urban limits," Tiwari said adding that it is welcome gesture from van operators that they wish to improve their functioning and traffic police would extend all possible support in this regard, she added.
The union also has plans to float private company, parallel to Atal Indore City Transport Service Limited (AICTSL) which runs city buses in Indore. The authority also runs swanky ibuses on BRTS Corridor.
"The union is busy completing formalities for establishing private company for van operators," Yadav said.
Significantly, the van drivers till now are known for misbehaving with passengers and exhibiting haphazard driving skills on busy city roads. Despite regular drive against such erring drivers, the traffic police have failed to bring about improvement in their functioning.