Stated Deputy Commissioner KA Dayanand said that “We have received many complaints from the public stating that the autorickshaw drivers are not turning on their auto meters and charging an excessive fare. It is compulsory to turn on the meter”.
In the RTO official meeting, Dayanand addressed the public complaints.
“It is observed that only if the passenger asks to turn on the meter, the auto drivers do. This is not ethical. The autorickshaw drivers must turn on the meter every time they pick a passenger. The driver must ensure that his name, address, photograph, and other necessary details are displayed in the auto”, he said.
He instructed the RTO officers to inspect the necessary documents well before the auto rickshaw is purchased and registered.
“In order to control the pollution levels, as a pilot initiative, electric autos will be launched”, DC Dayanand stated.
“Permission for prepaid autorickshaw counters will be given in the railway stations. Along with this, the passengers will be given minibus service too”, he added.
Considering the issues faced by the senior citizens while availing the concession despite bringing ID proof, he told, “Such bus companies will be sent a notice. Every bus stand must have a ramp and wheelchair facility for the specially abled passengers”.
Moving upon the issue of speed breaker happening trouble to people he stated, “Speed beakers have become a serious issue because of lack of visibility. As they are not painted, the people riding or driving their vehicles are not able to judge if there are any speed breakers ahead. This has led to a lot of accidents. We have also read in the newspapers that a young boy had voluntarily painted speed breakers to prevent accidents”.
“There must be asymmetric marking on the speed breakers and signboards must be placed well before them. There are some speed breakers which are very dangerous, and such should be marked with paints”, he said.
Superintendent of Police Dr. Ashwini, RTO Joint Commissioner Shivaraj Patil, and other RTO officers was attended.