Non Himachal registered cars have been banned to travel to Rohtang Pass. Reacting to massive traffic jams and numerous accidents on the Manali – Rohtang Pass route, the district administration of Kullu banned movement of all private and tourist vehicles registered outside of Himachal Pradesh on this route.
All such vehicles have been banned to ply beyond Kothi which is at a distance of 15 km from Manali.
Deputy Commissioner Kullu BM Nanta said the decision has been taken after looking at the increased number of accidents in the hilly region, as drivers are not well trained.
He further said 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 from other states are not much trained to drive in hilly region, which leads to accidents.
Now tourists coming through private and tourist vehicles registered outside Himachal Pradesh will have to hire Himachal registered taxis to go till Rohtang Pass as Himachal drivers are considered more proficient in hill driving than those from the plains.
The new regulation means that vehicles traveling to Leh and Kaza will now have to apply for a permit at the SDM office in Manali failing which a penalty will be imposed.
Movement of trucks have been banned on Rohtang Pass between 6 am to 6 pm.
As earlier, entire traffic to Rohtang Pass will remain closed on every Tuesday. All vehicles including Himachal vehicles are not allowed to go to Rohtang Pass on Tuesdays.