Mysore/Mysuru: The City Police have intensified the drive to issue QR Code-enabled Auto Driving Licence Display Cards to all autorickshaws and till now, over 11,229 cards have been distributed to be affixed in the vehicle for passenger information. There are over 25,000 autos in the city.
Aimed at ensuring passenger security, the system makes it compulsory to display driver details along with photographs and phone numbers on the rear side of the driver’s seat, clearly visible to passengers.
The passengers will be able to let their families know which vehicle they are plying in and report to the Police in case of harassment or misbehaviour by the driver.
Every day, over 30 to 100 cards are being distributed and even the drivers are voluntarily collecting from their jurisdictional Traffic Police Stations. It is mandatory for auto drivers to display the cards in their autos and auto drivers defaulting on the rule will be fined Rs. 2,000 and will also be booked under the provisions of the Indian Motor Vehicles Act.
The card mentions the Registration Number of the auto, the name and badge number of the driver, residential address of the driver, mobile phone number of the driver and other details. Upon scanning the QR code, the passenger can get complete information about the auto and its driver.
The display card is beneficial for passengers as they can lodge complaints in case the driver behaves in an indecent manner or asks for more money above the meter fare and if the driver refuses to ply to the sought destination and other acts.
It is also beneficial to auto drivers as it facilitates their smooth passage on roads, without any hurdles. Also, they can save themselves from Police harassment. The card will put an end to unauthorised or unlicensed drivers.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime and Traffic) M.S. Geetha Prasanna said that the cards are being issued to those drivers who mandatorily have driving licences and insurance for vehicles. “Those who come for the cards without insurance and DLs are penalised on the spot and a fine of Rs. 2,000 is levied,” she added.
She said any mismatch between an autorickshaw driver and the details on the display card is a grave offence and cases will be booked if violators are found.
Auto drivers coming under Devaraja and Lashkar Civil Police Stations can collect their cards at Devaraja Traffic Police Station and drivers residing in the limits of Krishnaraja, Lakshmipuram, Vidyaranyapuram, Kuvempunagar, Saraswathipuram and Ashokapuram Police Stations can collect the cards at K.R. Traffic Police Station.
Drivers residing in the jurisdiction of Mandi and N.R. Police Stations can collect their cards at N.R. Traffic Police Station, and auto drivers residing in the jurisdiction of Nazarbad, Udayagiri, Alanahalli and K.R. Police Stations can obtain the cards at Siddarthanagar Traffic Police Station and drivers residing in V.V. Puram, Metagalli, Hebbal, Vijayanagar and Jayalakshmipuram Police Station limits can collect cards at V.V. Puram Traffic Police Station.