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LEH: Regional Transport Authority Leh has put a complete ban on issuing route permits to commercial vehicles. This was decided recently in a meeting of Regional Transport Authority Leh held under Deputy Commissioner, Leh, Avny Lavasa.
The meeting was also attended by SSP Leh, Sargun Shukla and ARTO Khadim Hussain.
At the outset, the Deputy Commissioner has expressed concern over the rapid increase of Taxi/Maxi Cabs in Leh District.
Various other issues as per the agenda were discussed threadbare and the following decisions were taken including banning on contract carriage permits.
As of now there are 4,485 taxi/maxi cabs registered in the ARTO Office Leh, which have already exceeded the numbers allotted for Leh District. Moreover there is already complete ban/restriction on issuance route permits for commercial taxis throughout Jammu and Kashmir for the last two years. Therefore it was unanimously decided by the standing committee in the meeting that there would be a blanket ban on issuance of fresh route permits and replacement of route permit for contract carriages from January 2018 in Leh District, in supersession to all previous orders. It was informed that as many as 64 Bike Rental licenses have been issued by the Regional Transport Authority Leh from time to time, however, the issuance of motor cycle renting license is vested with the State Transport Authority J&K.
In this connection, the committee decided to recommend the already registered cases by previous RTA Leh to the STA. Furthermore, the following decisions were taken in connection with the rental bikes. That the committee shall not issue or recommend any further licenses for rental bikes in Leh District. Rental Bike License Holder cannot possess more than 50 motorcycles in Leh and if the rental motorcycles are found parked or displayed on the main road or any restricted space their licenses shall be cancelled without any further notice by the committee. The list and number of motorcycles must be submitted to ARTO office within a week’s time.
Responding to media query, DC Leh said that administration has decided to ban the issuance of route permits in the district as it has been banned in the entire State for the last two years and commercial taxi and maxi cabs have already exceeded to 4,485. She added that various factors like traffic congestion before taking the decision.
ARTO Khadim Hussain said that taxi is not the only option for unemployed youth in Ladakh as they can opt for other professions to earn their living.
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