Bid to regulate autos, fares to be fixed soon
Bringing respite to commuters, the Regional Transport Authority, in a proposal to the state government this week, will make recommendations on the regulation of auto-rickshaw fare and installation of meters to improve transparency.gurgaon Updated: May 14, 2013 01:14 IST
Bringing respite to commuters, the Regional Transport Authority, in a proposal to the state government this week, will make recommendations on the regulation of auto-rickshaw fare and installation of meters to improve transparency.
Speaking about the move, Dalbir Singh, secretary, Regional Transport Authority, said, “The regulation of fare, compulsory installation of meters and verification of drivers are on the top of my agenda.”
“The meter system is nowhere in place in Haryana. We expect to decide the standard fare this week. A base fare of R25 for the first two kms and R8 per km for the successive kilometres will be proposed.”
Singh said the committee formed to decide the fare includes the deputy commissioner of traffic, city magistrate and joint commissioner.
“The idea is to fix a fare that is economically viable to both the public and auto-rickshaw drivers,” he said.
The RTA will issue badges to identify drivers and to ensure that there is no misuse, Singh added.
He said the proposal would also recommend the listing of emergency numbers inside auto-rickshaws to boost safety measures. “The RTA and the traffic department are working in consultation with each other to decide on a holistic set-up on the regulatory measures,” added Singh.
Meanwhile, the Samast Auto-rickshaw Welfare Association, Gurgaon, a key union of autorickshaw drivers in the city, will meet DCP (traffic) Bharti Arora and Singh to hold discussions in this regard.
The union’s chief, Raju, said, “Apart from an economically-viable solution to the fare problem, we want the government to take strict action against drivers who operate on fake licences and fleece customers.”
“Instances of negligent driving and misbehaviour with customers have been reported. Such autos should not be authorised to ply inside Gurgaon,” said Raju.