Having failed to control traffic chaos at the Rohtang Pass, the Himachal Pradesh administration has banned the movement of vehicles in the region, which do not bear Himachal Pradesh registration numbers.
Vehicles bearing license plate numbers other than Himachal Pradesh are not allowed beyond Kothi village in the province.
B.M. Nanta, Deputy Commissioner of Police in Kullu district, said the decision has been taken after looking at the increased number of accidents in the hilly region, as drivers are not well trained.
"The administration has taken the decision that all the vehicles registered other than Himachal Pradesh will not be allowed to go beyond Kothi village and we are trying that those tourists are ferried through the vehicles registered in Himachal Pradesh because the drivers who come form other states are not much trained to drive in hilly region, which leads to accidents," said Nanta.
Vehicles registered outside the state want to move towards Lahaul-Spiti and Ladakh in northern Jammu and Kashmir state, they will have to seek permission from sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), else a penalty will be slapped on them.
The administration claims to have taken the decision with the aim to reduce vehicular rush and to save the fragile ecology in the region.
"During the peak season, 4000-5000 vehicles carry tourists to that region which leads to air and noise pollution which was affecting the environment," added Nanta.
However, the highway would remain closed for all vehicles, including Himachal registered vehicles, every Tuesday as before.(ANI)