Transport offices without means of transport
Srinagar, May 20: The Regional Transport Office is without a special purpose vehicle meant for carrying out ‘surprise’ raids to check violations. This, sources said, was encouraging traffic violations and contributing to frequent accidents.
The department has also not filled a sole driver post lying vacant for years, sources said.
Officials wishing anonymity said the office had been without any vehicle except the official car of RTO. Motor Garages department has lent the driver of that car, as the post has not been filled, they said.
The RTO has a flying squad, which fines offenders and conduct raids at places under their jurisdiction. “But the team can’t work effectively due to lack of vehicles.”
An official said the team should have been equipped with a towing vehicle besides few security men. He said same situation prevails at district Assistant Regional Transport Offices and highways.
The ARTO Varmul and Islamabad have two government cars, but the squad has not been equipped with the vehicles.
Sources disclosed the ARTO’s had to conduct night checks especially on the highway to trace offenders, but due to unavailability of vehicles and manpower, these are skipped.
“An ARTO was roughed up drivers while conducting checks at Qazigund few days back as he was without any manpower. So they have been asked to stay away from such surprise checking,” an official told Greater Kashmir.
The RTO Kashmir Muhammad Anees accepted that there was shortage of vehicles and manpower. “Unlike traffic department we are handicapped without staff and transportation. If we will be equipped with manpower and vehicles, we could not give any excuses. We will take action against the offenders,” he said. Anees added the matter had been taken up with the government.
Lastupdate on : Thu, 20 May 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 20 May 2010 18:30:00 GMT
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