Friday, July 29, 2005

Licence display in autos to ensure safer journey

Licence display in autos to ensure safer journey
Deccan Herald
The displayed information will encourage a harmonious relationship between the passengers and auto-drivers.

Finally, those who have long complained about the anarchy of Bangalore autorickshaw drivers have some good news. The system is turning transparent and this time, the initiative to solve commuters’ problems comes from the autorickshaw drivers themselves.

Auto drivers belonging to Adarsha Auto and Taxi Drivers’ Union, have adopted an ‘Auto driving license display system’ under which they will display their license, their photograph and their bio-data near the fare meter in a way clearly visible to passengers.

This system offers a win-win solution to both drivers and commuters. As for passengers, over-charging and incidents of misbehaviour can be prevented, as the identity of the driver will be clearly communicated. Also, the drivers will be made responsible for handing over articles that are left behind in the autos to the police or the passengers themselves. Apart from making travel safer, it will also help to get insurance if an accident occurs while travelling.

Meanwhile, the main advantage for auto drivers is that this system will prevent ‘duplicate auto drivers’ from plying autos without license. The displayed information can help in case of emergencies like accidents. Also, it will encourage a harmonious relationship between the passengers and auto-drivers.

Launching the auto driving license display system in 600 autorickshaws on Thursday, Police Commissioner Ajai Kumar Singh appreciated the initiative and hoped the system will check the anti-social activities of ‘duplicate’ auto drivers. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic-East) M A Saleem said a special desk for auto drivers will be set up for receiving applications for the license display system card.

For obtaining this card, drivers have to make an application to the Police Department furnishing the details such as the name of the driver, father’s name, residential address, family details, blood group and three photographs. The heads of the Police and Transport Departments will sign on the card before it is issued.


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