Drivers taking in more to face crackdown | Noida News


GREATER NOIDA: Following Thursday’s accident, the transport department has planned a special drive in an attempt to nab drivers who overload unauthorised shared autorickshaws and cabs.
According to the assistant regional transport officer (ARTO), the car involved in the accident was overloaded with 12 passengers. It has also been alleged that the vehicle was travelling at over 100kmph. The ARTO has said that they will ensure a checking drive in which such drivers and transporters are fined and the vehicles seized.
“These unauthorised vehicles are running successfully because of financial viability. Students need to reach Galgotia University. So, they book the vehicles and the fare gets divided among them. The thing which is not acceptable is overloading. This happens because passengers agree to it. Every one should oppose overloading because it is dangerous and leads to accidents,” said Himesh Tiwari, ARTO, Gautam Budh Nagar.
“Overloading is a violation. We have issued challans to drivers for this. But it seems we need a focused drive,” Tiwari added.
When TOI enquired with the students, they said they use unauthorised vehicles because there is no proper transport system. “We cross the expressway to reach the university. The risk is high, but there is hardly any proper means of transportation. This is why we rely on such vehicles,” said Vishal, a student at the university.
A Galgotia spokesperson told TOI: “The accident is unfortunate. We are cooperating with the police and supporing the victims’ parents.

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