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Mumbai: In a crackdown on errant auto rickshaw drivers, Vile Parle police has started a special drive, where more than 30 auto drivers were booked for violating traffic rules. The campaign was initiated earlier this month to address the growing complaints of the commuters against errant auto rickshaw drivers.

Police said on average, 20-25 auto drivers are held for reckless and rash driving and jumping traffic signal. The most common traffic violations registered against the drivers are jumping red light, speeding on highways, driving without licence and proper permits, and driving without proper registration documents, proper uniform and a batch.

After a Mumbai Traffic Police report revealed Western Express Highway and Eastern Express Highway are prone to accidents, several measures have been taken to fight the menace.  An officer from Vile Parle police station said, “Western Express Highway has fewer vehicles at night. Taking advantage of empty roads, some auto drivers speed risking passengers’ lives. Accordingly, three patrol vans have been pressed into service for patrol and barricading at six different locations to nab the errant drivers.”

Auto drivers caught violating traffic rules are heavily fined. If they do not have proper documents and/or are not the owners, their vehicles are confiscated immediately. The officer added, “Their vehicles are released only after the owners come to claim their vehicle with proper documents and pay the fines for the violation by drivers. On a daily basis, about 20-25 auto rickshaws are confiscated. It ensures no one breaks the rule in future.”

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