The city’s biggest auto union has decided to conduct training sessions for its 25,000 auto drivers to teach them to behave more cordially with commuters. At these sessions, to be held after the monsoon, the union will also appeal to its members to not refuse fares, one of the biggest problems commuters face, said Shashank Rao, assistant general secretary, Mumbai Autorickshawmen’s Union.
The decision to conduct these sessions was taken soon after HT revived its Meter Down campaign, against auto drivers fleecing commuters.
Even if these sessions work, the traffic police and RTOs are likely to have their hands full in the coming months dealing with rigged electronic meters as meter repairers are coming up with new methods to tamper with them, such as changing their integrated circuits so they run 30% faster. Of the three cases of tampered meters that the RTOs have discovered in the past three weeks, one meter was rigged using this method.