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Auto drivers protest RTA curbs, to go off roads today

Posted by on July 12, 2011 0 Comment

Hyderabad: Protesting against the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) decision not to allow autos registered at the Parigi Motor Vehicle Inspector (MVI) office to ply in the Cyberabad limits, auto unions are planning to gherao the transport commissioner’s office on Tuesday.

Since the government has capped new registration of autos in the city, autos registrations were being allowed only at Parigi MVI office in Ranga Reddy district. According to RTA officials, the reason for this exemption was that Parigi was far off from the city and authorities thought that no one residing there would be plying the autos in the city.

However, autowallahs used it as a loophole and started registering autos in Parigi by producing local residential proof. As a result, of 20,500 autos registered in Ranga Reddy district 15,000 were from Parigi alone. As per rules, an auto owner could ply the vehicle within a radius of 60 kilometres from his residential address in the certificate of registration (RC). However, according to RTA officials, the distance was more than 60 km from Parigi, Vikarabad and Tandur.

“Our recent observation revealed that majority of them are plying vehicles in the Cyberabad police commissionerate limits, which is in violation of rules and hence they will not be allowed to ply here,” deputy transport commissioner of Ranga Reddy district, C Ramesh told TOI.

AITUC auto union general secretary B Venkatesam said due to RTA’s decision over 15,000 auto drivers have lost their livelihood. “The affected auto drivers will stage a protest at the commissioner’s office demanding relaxation of the ban,” he added. TOI

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