New Delhi: Delhi Police has launched a special drive to rein in errant taxi drivers violating norms in the national capital and have impounded more than 500 cabs and challaned nearly 4000 drivers in the last one week.
The drive was launched after the transport department banned APP-based taxi services in the city in the aftermath of the Uber rape case.
"Delhi Traffic Police in its continuing special drive against taxis and cabs for the last week have impounded 527 vehicles for violation of permit conditions, verified 1,073 taxi stands and have challaned 3,851 drivers for various violations of permit conditions," said a senior police official.
Random checking of taxis carrying women was also carried out in which 1,423 vehicles were stopped and checked. This exercise shall be continued by traffic police in future as well, he added.
According to police, the drive aims to strictly impose the ban on Uber and similar non-Radio Taxi services in the national capital and ensure the safety and security of women commuters hiring private taxis.
32-year-old Shiv Kumar Yadav, the cab driver accused of raping a woman finance executive in an Uber cab last week, had allegedly submitted a fake character certificate issued in the name of an Additional DCP of Delhi Police to obtain an All India Tourism Permit from RTO.
In a special drive against drunken driving yesterday, traffic police issued challans to 239 persons and have impounded 193 vehicles. 106 checking teams were deployed in this drive.