Hyderabad: Hyderabad traffic cops on Thursday booked law and order women police constables for riding without a helmet. With this the number of police personnel booked for driving two-wheelers without a helmet in the last nine days has gone up to 120.
DCP (Traffic) A.V. Ranganath said the law applies to all including police personnel. He reminded cops that as per orders of police commissioner M. Mahender Reddy police personnel caught thrice in uniform for violation of the helmet rule and other traffic rules would be suspended and disciplinary proceedings would be initiated against them.
Meanwhile, nearly 10,000 cases for helmet rule violation were registered on Thursday. The drive to enforce helmets will continue. Vehicles of bikers who have violated the helmet rule thrice will be detained.
Earlier, a meeting of traffic cops and RTA officials and autorickshaw unions ended on a heated note. The cops and RTA officers told the union that the permits of autos would be suspended for three to six months if the driver is booked thrice for overloading or excess charging.
While autorickshaw union leaders did not agree to this, cops said they are going to count the number of violations from Friday for excess charging and overloading.
Customers can record conversations with drivers or take videos of the excess charge being demanded by the auto driver and post it on the police website.
The police will also randomly stop autos and enquire whether the driver has agreed to run the vehicle on meter-based tariff.
On overloading of share-autos, the union leaders said the traffic cops should book drivers for overloading only after booking RTC buses for overloading.
The drivers were also told to secure LLs and a permanent non-transport licence failing which they would be booked and are liable to be jailed.
RTA officials said they would be easing norms for the transfer of ownership of autorickshaws.