Monday, September 18, 2006

Auto taming draws mixed response

Auto taming draws mixed response
Vijay Times

The Regional Transport Authoritys (RTA) initiative to usher discipline in autorickshaw drivers and owners has received a mixed response, with a majority of auto drivers unions in the City welcoming the initiative, while many others are opposing it.

On July 13, RTA made a notification in the Karnataka Gazette by including some more conditions to the Karnataka Motor Vehicle Act, 1989. It stated that any violations of the Permit Condition Violation will attract a fine ranging between Rs 2,000 to Rs 10,000 or an imprisonment of one year.

Welcoming the RTA initiative, the Bangalore Auto and Taxi Divers Union and the Adrasha Auto and Taxi drivers Union told VVi ijja ay y TTi immees s, "This initiative is intended to bring discipline into the auto drivers and also to avoid foul play by some. So we welcome it".

But most auto union leaders opposing the initiative have said that the higher fine amount may be a huge hindrance to the drivers who earn only between Rs 150 to Rs 200 per day.

They also urged the RTA to drop these conditions from the Permit Condition Violation rule.

If the driver violates any of these conditions, he will be liable for a penalty of Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000 for first time offence. Subsequent violation (second time) will attract a fine between Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 or one year imprisonment, the Gazette notification says.

ll Autorickshaws must be parked at the place earmarke

ll Commuters must be taken to their desired destinati possible route.

ll Autorickshaws must not be used for illegal activit

ll Once hired, drivers must not cancel the hire or ta muters during the journey.

ll Drivers must not demand fare more than the actual after the journey

ll Details of vehicle and drivers licence must be dis back of the drivers seat

ll Silencers causing noise pollution must be replaced tificate must be renewed from time to time.

ll Traffic signals and traffic police must be obeyed.


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