The delay in revision of fare for autorickshaws to bring it on a par with that being charged in Delhi is resulting in autorickshaw drivers fleecing commuters.
The autorickshaws in the city do have fare meters and drivers do not ply by the meter as they find the existing fare structure too low, compelling them to overcharge. Even the enforcement agencies find the existing meter fare impractical and take a lenient view about overcharging, cracking down against the erring autorickshaw drivers only during some special drives.
In Delhi, for first two kilometres, the charge is Rs 25 and 80 paise for subsequent 100 metres. In Noida, autorickshaw fare is Rs 2.93 for first half kilometre and then Rs 5.86 for subsequent kilometres.
“We receive daily complaints of drivers demanding Rs 100, Rs 200 and more whereas sharing an auto, one hardly pays Rs 10 to Rs 15. But we cannot check it because the plan to fix fares and install meters in all autorickshaws have not been done in Noida,” said Ram Nayan Yadav, superintendent of police (traffic), Noida.
The district administration discussed this issue with the transport department and the traffic police around six months ago. The office of the district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar wrote to the state transport department in Lucknow requesting fixing the fare at the earliest.
“We will request the transport commissioner office in Lucknow to do the needful. We had sent our report earlier too,” said Rajesh Singh, assistant regional transport authority (ARTO) Noida.
In Noida, there are about 15,000 autorickshaws. Three thousand of these have meters but refuse to ply by it because the rates are not fixed on a par with Delhi.
“At the time of issuing fitness certificates, we have made it compulsory for all drivers to install meters. But unless the rate is fixed, they cannot use these meters,” Singh said.