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Safety first on unsafe roads
Auto code drive starts

Police on Wednesday started to allot unique identification numbers to autorickshaws to ensure safety of residents on the city roads.

The initiative, which was taken in December 2012 after the gang rape in New Delhi, started with the autorickshaws stationed at Patliputra roundabout. City superintendent of police (SP) Jayant Kant, who is holding the additional charge of SP (traffic), supervised the move.

Under the system, each auto would be given a particular code that would be displayed on the vehicle’s front and rear glasses.

The move is not new though, as the police had assigned unique identification numbers to autorickshaws in the capital after a 30-year-old NGO worker was gang raped by an auto driver and his three friends. The plan had fallen flat in six months.

Kant said: “The police have all the details of the owners of the autorickshaws. The details are available at the police stations.” The owners have been asked to furnish details of the autorickshaw drivers and their photographs. “This will help the police ascertain the identity of the autorickshaw drivers if any crime takes place in the vehicles on duty hours,” he added.

According to sources, there are more than 700 autorickshaws plying on different routes of the state capital.

The data on the autorickshaw drivers as well as owners would be put up at the office of SP Kant and later at respective police stations. The drivers have been asked not to play vulgar songs failing which action would be taken against them. The drivers have also been instructed to switch on the lights inside the vehicles after sundown so that the passengers don’t feel unsafe and any activity inside the autos is visible. “The instructions will have to be followed in total,” Kant told The Telegraph.

A deputy superintendent of police (DSP) said: “Initially autos plying in Patliputra, Kotwali and Gandhi Maidan areas are being allotted the unique identification numbers. Around 150 vehicles in the Patliputra area and around 450 in the Kotwali area have been issued the codes; the vehicles plying in Phulwarisharif and other areas will soon get their numbers.”

Each area will have a different code — for instance, autorickshaws in the Kotwali area are being coded with K-1, K-2 and so on.

“A coded autorickshaw will have its registration number, driver’s name, his address and mobile number and the contact details of the vehicle’s owner noted in the register of the respective police stations. So, in case of any untoward incident, tracking the auto will become easier. This system will also help commuters remember the number of the auto and they can convey the same to the police if required. They do not have to remember the long registration numbers anymore,” the DSP added.