Auto-rickshaw passengers can expect a relief from being frequently overcharged as the authority has prepared a plan to regulate the fare for auto drivers in the city.
The district transport authority has prepared a plan to streamline the auto fare. The new tariff has been sent to the state transport department for approval.
Though the city has taxi service and radio auto-rickshaws with structured fares but their limited numbers force the residents to travel by auto-rickshaws and pay unreasonable fare charged by the auto drivers.
“Though I prefer driving my own vehicle but sometimes if you do not have vehicle then these auto drivers get on to your nerves. For covering a stretch of less than four kilometres they ask Rs 100 which is really unfair,” said Manish Bhargava, one of the residents.
According to the proposed tariff, commuters will have to pay Rs 19 for the first three kilometres and Rs 6.50 for every additional kilometre. During night time (11 pm to 5 am), commuters will be charged 25% extra. Auto drivers can also charge Rs 7.50 per km for luggage.
“We planned this tariff after consulting the auto-rickshaw unions. We are waiting for the final nod from state transport department before implementing it,” said Sohan Lal, assistant secretary, Road Transport.