Jamshedpur, May 21 : The East Singhbhum district administration has launched crackdown against fake registration number users from Saturday. The action is being taken following complains about plying of large number of auto rickshaws with fake registration numbers. The focus is on auto rickshaws and several vehicles were seized on the first day.
“We were concern about complaints of use of fake number plates and conducting a drive against use of fake registration numbers by commercial vehicles. The concerned department officials have been directed in this connection and strict action will be taken as per law against those found indulging in such malpractices,” said an official.
Many autorickshaws plying on the city’s busy thoroughfares could be seen carrying passengers more than the permitted capacity. In several instances, the number of passengers seated inside the three-wheelers exceeds eight. There are around 25,000 autos which are plying on various routes in city roads carrying more than 2 lakhs commuters each day.
“ Yes we have decided to continue drive jointly with district traffic police at major roads of the city. The minister has lodged a complaint we will carry out the drive,” said the official.He said that action will be taken under IPC section 420 (forgery) and offenders would be liable to be sentenced to prison up to seven years.
“We are trying, with our existing manpower. We are booking cases especially near schools. But the transport department must follow it up with proper action,” said a traffic official. He added that this drive would continue in city at least for a month.
“We have seen passengers hanging on to the rod, overloaded as they are in an autorickshaw, as the driver runs the vehicle at full speed. Our Administration should have strict rules and regulations in place monitor and levy fines. Otherwise it may be a repeat of other accidents that we see everyday,” said social worker.
Secretary of the Sikshit Berojgar Tempo Chalak Sangh, Shyam Kinkar Jha, has raised a voice of resent against the traffic police drive. “If the police continue with their drive we would be forced to call indefinite strike of all the auto operators in the city,” said Jha. He said that drivers are being harassed in the name of no entry and no parking too.