Pune Regional Transport Office (RTO) raided various types of vehicles including construction goods vehicles, auto-rickshaws and school vehicles for violation of transport rules during a special drive. The operation, which began on Tuesday, targeted vehicles violating transport rules, unregistered school buses and vans, goods vehicles lacking proper tarpaulin cover and goods vehicles carrying construction material with lack of safety measures.
Concerns about sand particles getting into the eyes and accidents caused by sand falling on the road have prompted RTOs to make efforts to enforce rules on vehicles carrying construction materials.
Regarding violation of RTO norms related to school buses and vans, Deputy RTO Sanjeev Bhor informed that these vehicles are considered non-transport vehicles owned by private individuals for personal use. However, some schools use these vehicles for transportation services, and they must adhere to specific capacity limits for child passengers. Bhor said these vehicles often ignore rules and exceed the passenger limit.
The RTO also took action against auto-rickshaws running without permits, driving licenses and badges. Some vehicles, which were originally scrapped in other areas, were converted into auto-rickshaws with fake license plates. The RTO flyers targeted areas like airports, railway stations, bus stands and other high-traffic locations where these violations are commonly seen.