Autorickshaws plying within Vizag city limits will now be part of a unique numbering system to enable easy identification. Under the system, each autorickshaw will be allotted a unique number and be verified by traffic and crime wing police in a database that can retrieve the history of the autorickshaw driver.
Autorickshaw drivers will have to get the number and the name of the police station under the jurisdiction of which it operates painted on the front, left-right sides, and rear of the vehicle. The initiative has been planned by city police in the wake of a string of crimes committed by autorickshaw drivers in the past year.
A senior police officer said that as more autorickshaws are added to the city’s roads, issues such as a change in ownership of the vehicles and address details have emerged, adding that the unique numbering system will identify the owner and the driver of the vehicle.
Speaking to Hello Vizag, ADCP (traffic) Ch Adinarayana said around six years back, there were around 25,000 autorickshaws plying under city limits but this number was around 40,000 as of December 2020, with more autorickshaws now plying on the city’s outskirts. Traffic police will collect details of the drivers, authenticate address details and violations committed by drivers. Later, crime wing police will collect previous criminal history, if any, of the drivers. “We will allot the driver of the autorickshaw a unique number which needs to be painted prominently on the vehicle where it will be clearly visible to passengers,” he added.
Speaking to Hello Vizag, ACP (crimes) D Sravan Kumar said the unique number would not be allotted if an auto driver was found guilty of any crime against a passenger, dacoity, burglary, robbery, or other offenses in the past. Under the new system, an offending autorickshaw driver can be traced immediately if the passenger who traveled in the vehicle remembers its unique number, he added. Police said they have so far verified details of over 3,500 autorickshaws and issued unique numbers to over 1,500 drivers
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