From New Year, an enforcement drive will be launched here against cabs that are not registered with Cyberabad Traffic Police and are plying under its jurisdiction.
“After the registration of cabs began, as many as 8,205 ‘police verified’ stickers have been issued. We plan to complete the entire registration and issue all stickers, owner cards by December 31 and start enforcement on cabs from January 1, 2015,” Cyberabad Police Commissioner C V Anand said.
The Cyberabad Police had in February issued a notification for compulsory registration of cabs operating under its limits, and in Phase-I more than 13,500 cabs were to be registered. So far, 12,673 cab details have been entered in the Cyberabad Traffic database, police said.
Police launched this initiative after it found that a large number of cabs were operating in Cyberabad in an unsafe manner without adequate documents and by unlicensed drivers.
It was found that drivers of these contract carriages misbehaved with passengers, charged undue fees and also aided unlawful activities.
Many of these vehicles were also found to be affecting road safety and security by parking in dangerous places, driving rashly and creating other forms of nuisance.
Hence, a notification was issued to ensure that cabs operate in an orderly manner and do not compromise on public and road safety.
As per the notification, after registration, a sticker valid for one year would be issued, which would have to be stuck on the front and rear windscreens of the cabs. Cab drivers would also need to carry Quick Response (QR)-coded cards and displays issued by traffic authorities which should be visible to passengers.
Violators have been warned of action under relevant sections of the Cyberabad Police Act, Indian Penal Code and the Motor Vehicles Act.
Plans are also afoot to extend these rules to all autorickshaws in the future, police said.