Taking a serious view of grant of Maxi cab permits to auto rickshaws, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued notice to the Secretary, Transport Department, Punjab, State Transport Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner Ludhiana and others for violating high court orders and state government notification itself.
The notice was issued on a petition filed by the Ludhiana Auto Rickshaw Association. Sardavinder Goyal, the counsel for the petitioner, pointed out that state government had issued the notification that auto rickshaws could ply within the radius of 10 miles from its headquarter. The High court while taking up one PIL concerning to pollution had specifically passed the order staying the issuance of permit to new auto rickshaws, run on diesel, to ply in the municipal corporation limits of Ludhiana, Amritsar and Jalandhar.
However, the transport authorities approved the three wheeler of a specific company for issuance of entire state permit and permits were issued accordingly. Sardavinder Goyal submitted that permits to these diesel run auto rickshaws had been issued mentioning as maxi cab permit.
As per the information received under RTI, 752 auto rickshaws have been registered as motor cabs with DTO Ludhiana and running illegally in said cities. Now these auto rickshaws were plying in Ludhiana without any check and no efforts had been made to stop plying of said autos.
Sardavinder Goyal further submitted that even in the interest of public it is not safe to allow ply of auto rickshaws on highways and they are competing with the petitioners by getting permission illegally to run in MC limits of Ludhiana, Amritsar and Jalandhar. Moreover on papers these auto rickshaws are shown as six seater whereas in reality these are only four seater including driver and also responsible for adding pollution in these cities, to control pollution and avoid unhealthy competition strong action should be taken against the violators.
High court took the serious view of the illegality committed by the Transport authorities and issued notice for January 18, 2016.