May 17th, 2017
The notoriety of auto drivers is well known, especially in the metropolitan cities. There exists a constant war between the citizens and the auto rickshaw drivers. Petitions have been signed, the concerned officers have been informed, and action has been taken. On paper, auto drivers are being penalized accordingly. But in reality, auto rickshaw drivers unabashedly ignore all the rightful restrictions imposed on them and continue to harass citizens by charging almost twice (and sometimes thrice) the meter charge. Citizens are forced to bargain, fight and struggle with them just to use their services for even the shortest of distances.
We, commuters , need to change our behaviour too. Whenever someone finds an auto rickshaw driver, who is refusing to go by the meter, register your grievances with the relevant authorities. Many metros have come up up with easy ways to register complaints against erring auto rickshaw drivers. Make sure you use those avenues to counter the auto rickshaw drivers menace.
Always remember ” Never underestimate the power of a complaint”. If every one of us starts registering our grievances, the pressure on the officials increases and they will take strict action on the erring auto wallas.