In a first-of-its-kind step in the state, the Cuttack police have introduced a new coding system for auto rickshaws to ensure security of passengers.
The concept would allow easy identification of auto rickshaws in case of any complaint regarding harassment or misbehavior by the driver. Earlier, the cops had issued a guideline for vehicles to have the driver and owner’s names, address and telephone number prominently displayed on the rear seat for the passenger’s information.
The system will also do away with the need to remember the vehicle’s registration number.
- Cops have begun assigning alphabets to each of the 15 auto rickshaw associations in the city
- Associations are to ensure each driver/owner under its umbrella displays the route marker prominently for easy identification
- Code will be displayed both at the front and back of the auto rickshaws
- Cops to cover all 5,000-plus auto rickshaws in the city under by the end of the year
The auto rickshaw association of Badambadi has already been assigned ‘A’, while other associations will shortly get their code, a senior traffic police official said.
We have convened a meeting with all the auto rickshaw unions for further discussion and assigning the symbols as part of the coding system.
P.K. Dalai, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic)
Dalai said the system had been introduced following directions of the Traffic Management Committee, headed by Y.B. Khurania.
According to Senior traffic officials they are also planning to create a database of auto rickshaws and add numerical codes for each vehicle in subsequent phases. The police, at a function held on March 10, had introduced a uniform dress code for auto rickshaw drivers and started the process of issuing identity cards to them.
We have started the process of issuing identity cards to the drivers. We have also decided on a sky blue dress for drivers to bring in larger passenger security. This will also bring in more discipline among drivers.
Y.B. Khurania, Director, BPSPA & I.G. of Police (Trg) Bhubaneswar
Commuters have also welcomed the new system, as they believe it would streamline traffic management.
Earlier, it was difficult to remember the vehicle’s registration number. But now, we will just need to remember the symbol and driver’s name.
Omprakash Dash, a commuter
Courtesy: The Telegraph