Autorickshaw fares in the Capital would be revised every year, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said Sunday, announcing a series of sops for the section that has been pivotal in the rise of his Aam Aadmi Party.
Addressing a well-attended meeting of auto drivers in north Delhi’s Burari, Kejriwal said if heading home, they could refuse passengers. As many as 400 new auto stops would come up in the city.
“It is because of the auto rickshaw drivers we got a heavy mandate in the assembly election. Your contribution to our victory was more than 50%,” the CM said, thanking them for their support at an Auto Samvad rally.
AAP won an unprecedented 67 seats in the 70-member assembly to return to power in Delhi in February.
A committee would decide on the formula for fare revision that would be discussed with the drivers, he said. “If you are going home in the evening, put up a board with your route on it and you will not be challaned for refusing passengers,” Kejriwal said.
Commuters often accuse auto drivers of overcharging, refusing passengers and rude behaviour.
The CM also announced that the transport department and not the traffic police would have the power to penalise drivers for minor offences.
The decision has the potential to set off another confrontation with the Centre, which controls the city police.
“Now police can take action only for driving without permit, fitness certificate, driving licence and for driving under the influence of alcohol,” Kejriwal said.
The CM also asked the drivers to improve service and their behaviour. Auto helpline number (011-42400400) will be revived to look into complaints of overcharging and refusing passengers. Strict action would be taken against violators, Kejriwal said.