The Pune police traffic branch will carry out a series of sting operations and take action against traffic rule violators including errant autorickshaw drivers who refuse to ply to locations desired by the passengers.
The move follows a rise in the number of such complaints. The traffic police is forming a team of women constables that will nab traffic rule violators.
Members of the squad will be present at autorickshaw stands in plain clothes to catch drivers violating traffic rules by refusing to ply for short distances, demanding exorbitant fares and behaving rudely with passengers.
Traffic police officers said the decision to form the special squad and carry out a series of surprise checks was taken as they have been receiving complaints about autorickshaw drivers. The traffic police and the regional transport officials had conducted joint action against such drivers on several occasions, but to no avail.
According to records, the traffic police filed cases against 447 autorickshaw drivers, while on-the-spot fine has been collected from 418 drivers in the first 10 months of this year. The police have collected Rs52,000 in fines from traffic rule violators in the first 10 months of this year. The traffic police officers have insisted that the autorickshaw drivers should not refuse to ferry passengers or demand exorbitant amounts as fares.
Deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Vishwas Pandhare said, “We have been receiving many complaints against rickshaw drivers from women passengers. This prompted us to have women constables on the streets posing as passengers and catch the errant rickshaw drivers. We are sure such action will definitely instill the fear of law in the minds of not rickshaw drivers and all motorists.”
Pandhare added, “The traffic police has decided to launch special drives. Action will be taken against those who park their vehicles on footpaths, near bus stops and indulge in corner parking. Action will be taken against those riding triple-seat, talking on mobile phones while driving, jumping signals, defying ban on heavy vehicles in internal roads in the city, violating no-entry curbs and using tinted glasses.”