Lack of space prevents RTO from taking action
As per the sources from RTO, “Most of the illegal autos have passed the scrapping limit. According to RTO, these rickshaws can ply for 16 years but those on road are in poor condition."
PUNE: In an interesting clarification from the Regional Transport Office (RTO), Pune, it has admitted to have failed to curb the illegal operation of six-seater rickshaws as they do not have the space to park the seized rickshaws. Six-seaters have been banned in city’s jurisdiction since 1999. More than 700 of six-seater rickshaws are registered with the RTO after lifting the permit rule and around 1,500 are plying illegally.
As per the sources from RTO, “Most of the illegal autos have passed the scrapping limit. According to RTO, these rickshaws can ply for 16 years but those on road are in poor condition. Similarly, many of these rickshaws use fake registration numbers or registration numbers of other vehicles. The action is taken on a regular basis, however, when the drive against them begins, majority of the drivers don’t ply and so it is difficult to identify the illegal ones.”
A maximum fine of Rs 1,000 can be levied on six-seater autos if the registration number is fake or if it does not have proper documents. “We know that there are many illegal six-seater autorickshaws running on the outskirts of Pune, but we do not have enough manpower to take action against them. Also, people prefer to use these for their daily commute as they are on sharing basis and their fares are low,” said the source.
The six-seaters are plying in Warje, Sinhagad Road, NDA Road, Vishrantwadi area, Yerawada, Lohegaon and other areas. Most of the six-seaters do not have proper documents, valid licence or Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate.
“We take regular action against them. When we take action, we face problem of keeping these six-seaters due to non-availability of proper space. We don’t have our own space, if we keep them in our Sangamwadi office, then there will be no space for other seized vehicles,” said the senior official of RTO.