Checking drive against illegally operated autos on

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Checking drive against illegally operated autos on

Thursday, 24 November 2022 | SATYAPRAKASH SHARMA | GWALIOR

Under the new notification of the Madhya Pradesh Transport Ministry, an intensive checking drive against the illegal plying of auto-rickshaws is being run by the transport department across the state and it will continue till further directions.

Talking to The Pioneer, additional transport commissioner enforcement (ATCE) Arvind Saxena said that the permits of the auto-rickshaws which are found violating the new notification, stringent actions are being taken against their drivers across the state.

The Transport Ministry on November 9 issued the new notification (Regulation Policy-2021) directing guidelines for auto rikshaws playing on the roads in compliance with the MP High Court Jabalpur bench.

The court asked the state government to frame a regulation for auto-rikshaws in a writ petition, 08/2013, on February 15, last year.

 "The department has issued instructions to all the officers to conduct an extensive checking drive against the auto-rikshaws which playing on the roads without permits", Saxena said, adding it is being conducted in urban as well as rural areas.

The ATCE said that drive had been started on November 19, during the last four-day the teams of the transport department checked 7822 auto-rickshaws and made the action of seizing 672 such vehicles in the state till November 22.

He added that apart from this, the checking teams of police and transport departments are persuading the auto drivers to follow the rules of the new policy when they play the auto-rickshaw on the roads.

ACS Home Dr Rajesh Rajoura conducted a meeting of transport and police department officials on November 19 in which principal secretary Transport and Commissioner of the department Sanjay Jha were taken part, the ACS has directed the officials to take stringent action against the illegal transportation of auto-rikshaws.

Notably, earlier auto drivers had an option of compounding while finding autos illegally running on the roads, but after coming to the new policy into force, they are being seized under section 66/ 192(A) of the Motor Vehicle Act-1988.

Interestingly, according to the amended MV Act-2019, a hefty compounding fee is imposed but the state transport ministry has yet to decide it.

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