Autorickshaws parked in front of the Kamalamai municipal office in this recent picture. Photo: Republica
SINDHULI, Nov 18: With the addition of tempos in Sindhuli, the number of people driving tempos without acquiring a license has surged during the last one year.
In lack of monitoring from the authorities concerned, people are driving tempos in the district headquarters as well as in the rural parts without licenses.
Though District Traffic Office (DTO) strictly checks the license of other vehicles, it hardly checks licenses of tempo drivers. As such most of the tempos parked in front of the municipality office of Kamalamai don't have a licensed driver.
Sub Inspector of DTO Kesharman Basnet informed that around 200 tempos are operating in district headquarters alone and of them, only 50 to 70 may have licenses. "Not even 50% of the tempo drivers have licenses," said Basnet.
Apart from that, most tempos carry passengers exceeding their load capacity. "We take stern action against the drivers if we see them carrying passengers more than the capacity of their vehicle. But they still manage to deceive us," SI Basnet added.
These days, tempos ply in most of the villages and towns. But lack of monitoring has allowed anyone to drive tempos without acquiring a driving license, which is compulsory for driving any kinds of vehicle.
"Drivers would not have been doing it their way if the traffic police had tightened the security," said a tempo licensed tempo driver. According to him, negligence on the part of traffic police has encouraged more people to drive tempos without acquiring a license. Taking advantage of the absence of monitoring of traffic police, tempo drivers do not just charge hefty fares but also drive in high speed in difficult routes of remote areas.