Especially for the safety of auto passengers, the city crime branch is working on a mobile application — auto-app. On the other hand, police verification of auto owners and drivers will also become mandatory in the near future.
The police officials stated that this step has been taken because the crimes committed by auto drivers is increasing by the days. The mobile application - Auto-App will be user-friendly, stated the officials.
So how does this work? Well, it's a simple procedure. Before boarding an auto, a passenger just has to enter the registration number of the auto into the app. Within no time the antecedents of the driver and owner of the vehicle will appear on his mobile. Then it is up to the passenger whether he/she wants to board the auto or not.
Assistant commissioner of police, crime branch, Rajdeepsinh Zala, said passengers who don't have a smartphone do not have to worry. "They will just have to SMS the registration number of the auto to a cell phone number and they will know whether the driver has a criminal history or not. The cellphone number is being specially set up for such passengers."
On the other hand, early this week, the city crime branch had conducted an operation at various places, which included railway station and bus stands. This procedure was done to verify the autos plying in the night.
Zala further stated, "we detained about 542 autos and collected a fine of Rs 1.5 lakh from other drivers who had violated RTO norms. Around 250 persons arrested earlier in connection with thefts and robberies in autos, were cross-checked. We have launched another operation - to trace 36 such persons with tainted history who were not found at their homes during the verification drive."