Commuters are demanding that fare meters be installed in Gurgaon autorickshaws as drivers continue to demand high fares after traffic police impounded many three-wheelers last week.
Commuters said, in the last one week, auto drivers have been charging fares 100% to 200% above normal, taking advantage of the scarcity in autorickshaws.
“Auto drivers decide what fare will be charged by them. It is not fair as their mood plays an important part in this. The administration should install fare meters in the autorickshaws,” Anuradha Singh, a resident, said.
After traffic police seized over 1,000 autorickshaws for the traffic rules’ violation, a number of drivers have stopped plying in support of owners of the impounded vehicles. Some others have resorted to charging exorbitant fares.
Singdha Verma, a commuter, said, “I have been paying `75 from Huda City Centre Metro station to Sector 40 since the last week. The price was `50 earlier and even after fighting with auto drivers, they do not agree. It has been two years and the prices have been changing each week or month. We should have fare meters.”
Autorickshaws are the widely used modes of last-mile connectivity. Even auto drivers agreed that fare meters should be installed as they are at times forced to drive at a loss.
“Most of the drivers do not overcharge costumers, but because of some, a general distrust has been built over all of us. A lot of people will not believe us, but at times we drive at a loss,” Ram Kumar Singh, an auto driver said.
Though government officials have made promises of installing fare meters, nothing has been decided.
“Plans to install auto fare meters are being made. We are discussing it with higher authorities,” an RTA official said.