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In Mumbai: Learn to say no to fourth seats in share autos

A residents’ group has installed banners across Dombivli, asking passengers to refuse autorickshaw drivers from plying the fourth passenger

mumbai Updated: Aug 04, 2017 23:40 IST
Sajana Nambiar
Group members said they have observed that many a time auto drivers pick up their friends and relatives on the way, despite ferrying passengers.
Group members said they have observed that many a time auto drivers pick up their friends and relatives on the way, despite ferrying passengers. (Representational photo)

To ensure commuters’ safety in Dombivli, a group of 25 residents have started a campaign in which they are asking locals to say ‘no’ to fourth seat while travelling in share autos.

“It is important not to allow the auto drivers from taking in a fourth passenger. When we are paying for three seats,” said Pramod Kane, spokesperson for Protest Against Autowale group.

He said the initiative was started citing the rising number of molestation cases in moving autos.

The group has installed banners across Dombivli, asking passengers to refuse autorickshaw drivers from plying the fourth passenger.

While the Regional Transport Authority (RTO) and the traffic police were busy taking action against errant auto drivers outside Dombivli station, the group members were appealing the passengers to say ‘no to fourth seat’.

“If we do not allow auto drivers from filling in the fourth seat, the practice will eventually come to an end,” said Kane.

Group members said they have observed that many a time auto drivers pick up their friends and relatives on the way, despite ferrying passengers.

The members said this could prove risky for the commuters, especially women.

To prove their point, the group conducted an online survey and submitted a report to the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Transport (KDMT), RTO and Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) authorities saying that most participants were against the fourth seat practice.

About 1,600 people took the survey. Fed up of the errant auto drivers, residents have also asked the KDMT to introduce more buses to ease crowd in autorickhaws.