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Traffic police crack down on private taxis
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 13 (NPN):
Published on 14 Jun. 2011 12:43 AM IST
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Proving that it was not as toothless as alleged by certain sections of the society, the Kohima traffic police during the last one week penalized more than 200 defaulting vehicles particularly light motor vehicle which were used for public transportation.
Though shortage of official manpower, Kohima traffic police has tightened their belt and regularly frisking vehicle to check wrong number plates, documents including insurances, wrong parking and also illegal use of private vehicles for public transportations.
The move came following the fifteen days deadline served to the district administration recently by the all Nagaland taxis association to check the mushrooming illegal use of private vehicles as taxis.
PRO and dy. Sp Traffic, Kohima M. Kapfo said Kohima traffic had collected around Rs. 51,200 within this year by penalizing defaulting vehicles under various section of MV Act 1988.
Interestingly it was also learnt that some villages have started issuing vehicle permit for commercial purpose from their respective villages to town.
In connection with this, Kafo had informed all concerned citizen that except the regional transport officer (RTO) no other was authorized to issue any vehicle permit for any purposes.
Meanwhile, as part of the ongoing regular exercise of vehicle checking, Kohima police today detected and detained at least four private vehicles (four vans and a Tata sumo) for illegally playing as private taxi to ferry passengers and without proper documents and also using wrong number plate other than prescribed colour. Another local taxi was detained for drunken driving.
While some of the defaulting vehicles were released after penalty, some were forwarded to the court for necessary action.
The action of Kohima traffic police today was also witnessed by officials of the ANTA. ANTA, Kohima unit June 8 had lodged strong protest against the private registered passenger vehicles plying as taxis in and around Kohima and lackadaisical attitude of the regional transport office, Kohima.
Kohima traffic police also send a clear warning that such exercise would continue and that there would be no leniency to any defaulter.
In a separate release, the PRO informed general public that Kohima traffic police was implementing various norms including driving license, pollution and fitness certificate, registration certificate, insurance, road permit for commercial vehicle countersigned by RTO if from other zone or state for commercial vehicle, retro-reflective tape for all commercial vehicles particularly trucks and the prescribed number plate of vehicle which should be bold black letter on white background for private/govt. vehicle and bold black letter on yellow background for all commercial vehicles.
With regard to this, the public have been requested to rectify the lapses at the earliest and that it was mandatory to produce the mentioned documents to the police personnel in uniform under MV Act 1988 section 130/158.
Further, it also informed the general public that Kohima traffic police was depositing Rs.1,04,550 (Rs.53,350 from 2010 and Rs. 51,200 from Jan 2011 till date) collected from penalizing traffic defaulter to the state exchequer.

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