The newly launched Police Response Vehicles (PRVs) or UP 100 vans are not authorised to check commuter vehicles unless notified by higher authorities. They also cannot ask for documents, such as driving licence and registration certificate, unless directed to do so.
This was communicated through the official UP 100 Twitter handle on March 2. It further said that people can file a formal complaint if they face "misconduct" from the UP 100 personnel.
“This notification has come from the UP 100 headquarters in Lucknow in view of the complaints from various people who were questioned by UP 100 constables. Their interception is also coming in the way of the checks by Ghaziabad traffic police. So PRVs need to be specifically authorised,” said Anil Pandey, SP Control Room, Ghaziabad.
An official working with UP 100 vans explained, “The PRVs are first-response vehicles to emergency calls from residents. They are not required to check documents or issue challans. If they, too, start issuing challans, what will the traffic police do?"
Rakesh Kumar, SP traffic, Ghaziabad, further added, "We have used the services of PRVs at times of crisis — such as elections — when the traffic police strength was way less than the requirement. But that happened on special orders. They can’t do it on a regular basis, without prior authorisation.”