HC seeks report on action against autos, drivers for violations

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HC seeks report on action against autos, drivers for violations

Madurai: The Madras high court on Monday sought details from the state government on the number of licences issued for autorickshaws and share autos and action taken against the drivers for violations in the state.
The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by ‘Traffic’ Ramasamy who sought to take stringent action against the auto drivers who are violating traffic regulations by carrying more than 12 passengers instead of three as per the law.
A division bench of justices N Kirubakaran and B Pugalendhi observed that share autos have become very useful to the public for transportation. The judges said that it is brought to the knowledge of this court that the autos are violating the traffic regulations by carrying more number of passengers instead of the permitted limit of three people.
The judges observed that if accidents occur, the victims would not be able to claim any compensation since the autos are violating the traffic rules by carrying more number of passengers. Though the state government had submitted a report with regard to the details about the autos plying in Madurai, this court wants a comprehensive report with the state-wide details, the judges said.
Hence, the judges put forth the following queries: number of licences issued for autos and share autos in the state; violations done by these autos and action taken against the violators; and imposed and suspension of auto licences in the state.
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