“Don’t ask, just get into the vehicle and tell the driver where to go.” This is how the city traffic police want commuters to deal with auto and taxi drivers following the hike in fares.
According to Brijesh Singh, additional commissioner of police, traffic, after the hike the drivers cannot give any justification for refusing fare.
“We now expect 100% compliance to the traffic rules by auto and taxi drivers,” said Singh.
Maintaining that refusal of fares was a crime even when the old tariff system was in effect, he said: “Earlier, there would turn down short-distance trips, citing low fare. Now they will not be able to do so.”
He said that the action against errant taxi and auto drivers will continue as usual. Dismissing the apprehensions that the fare hike would lead to fights between passengers and drivers, he said: “There are issues in the initial phase of any transition. However, eventually, things will be smooth.”
“As and when we receive complaints, the action will follow.”
When questioned about the follow-up action on the online complaints against rogue auto and taxi drivers, Singh said, “We are doing whatever is possible with our existing manpower.”