Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 27:
Taking note of frequent traffic violation by the auto-rickshaw drivers and their harsh dealing with the passengers in the Odisha capital, the Bhubaneswar Regional Transport Office (RTO) has decided to monitor their activities through the CCTVs.
There are about 30000 autos plying the city of which more than 50 percent do not have a permit or fitness certificate.
The auto drivers of the city cough up to the tune of Rs 2 lakh every month as penalty. However it does not stop them to violate traffic rules or misbehave the passengers.
The RTO has decided to penalise them twice the amount than earlier by monitoring their activities in CCTVs.
It has also planned to start mass licensing of auto drivers wherein it would be make mandatory provisions for them to undergo a three-month training course. The program would start by the end of March.
The city would also witness prepaid auto service. This 24 hour service will be started from four places initially such as airport, bus stand, station and KiiT square. Passengers will be charged Rs10/km in this new service, sources in the RTO said.