Kerala police chief issues circular on 'how and how not' official vehicles should be used

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala police chief Anil Kant has issued a new circular listing directions on the way official vehicles should be used in stations across the state. The directions cover matters like who are eligible to use official vehicles, how cops should use it, in what conditions public transport should be relied upon and how vehicles should be maintained.

Some of the important directions

  1. SHO should provide available vehicles for official purposes if requested by SIs, ASIs, CPOs (This means vehicles are meant for common purpose of the station and not solely for SIs or SHOs)
  2. Even if SHOs/SIs are not on duty, the vehicle/vehicles should be available on the station
  3. If SHO and SI have duty at the same place, then only one vehicle should be used
  4. Only the name of the station should be displayed on the vehicle (This means that posts and authority name should not be displayed)
  5. If an official have court duty-related visits in other districts, then public mode of transport such as train and bus should be relied upon as per warrant
  6. SHOs should ensure vehicles are maintained in a proper manner
  7. An assistant station writer should be assigned for handling maintenance-related matters
  8. The fuel efficiency of vehicle should be overlooked and quota for fuel use should be determined
  9. In case two-wheeler vehicles are to be re-deployed for prioritizing law and order duties, then it should be intimated to the state police chief

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