Rationalise Auto Rickshaw fares in Chennai #ChennaiAuto
  • Petitioned Dr. T . Prabhakara Rao IAS

This petition was delivered to:

Transport Commissioner, Govt. of Tamil Nadu
Dr. T . Prabhakara Rao IAS
Principal Secretary to Government - Transport, Govt. of Tamil Nadu
Thiru Braj Kishore Prasad IAS
Honourable Minister for Transport, Govt. of Tamil Nadu
Thiru V. Senthil Balaji

Rationalise Auto Rickshaw fares in Chennai #ChennaiAuto

    1. Prahalathan Karunakaran
    2. Petition by

      Prahalathan Karunakaran

      Chennai, India

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August 2013

Victory

After a year long campaign, the Tamilnadu Government has revised the fares of autorickshaws in Chennai. A complaint number has also been set up to report errant auto drivers.

Auto rickshaw drivers in Chennai are fleecing passengers at rates close to Rs.25 per km. The auto-rickshaw fares haven’t been revised in the last five years, even though fuel prices have been hiked frequently. This has resulted in considerable inconvenience for commuters who depend on autorickshaws for their transport needs as well to the auto rickshaw drivers.

Most auto drivers never go by the meter and demand exorbitant fares. This unfair pricing affects the commuters who, end up being harassed.

Since 2007, neither has the fare structure been revised nor has action been taken against those who don't use the meter. The auto-drivers too face a number of hardships and this has resulted in a number of social issues as well. Many auto drivers don’t have an insurance. Since it is difficult for them to secure loans, they turn to private moneylenders and hence overcharge.

We therefore request the transport department to

1. Regulate the fares of auto rickshaws and create a system for updating fare structures.

2. Implement alternate methods like rate card which will benefit the commuters as well as the auto drivers even during fluctuating fuel prices.

3. Establish a helpline to report violations and ensure strict enforcement.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Chennai Auto fares fixed

      Prahalathan Karunakaran
      Petition Organizer

      #ChennaiAuto fares fixed! Wohoo! Got a call from the Transport Minister himself! One year's efforts finally paying off. Lots of people to thank: Our Chief Minister Ms.J. Jayalalithaa, Transport Minister Mr.Senthil Balaji & the transport department. The 16,632 people who signed the petition to make this happen, members of the press, especially The Times of India - Karthikeyan Hemalatha, Change.org - Surendran Balachandran for creating the platform and of course the awesome team at Bhumi!

    2. Reached 15,000 signatures
    3. Supreme Court ultimatum to Tamil Nadu: Fix auto fares by July 6

      Prahalathan Karunakaran
      Petition Organizer

      Times of India, Chennai Edition, Page 1 http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Supreme-Court-ultimatum-to-Tamil-Nadu-Fix-auto-fares-by-July-6/articleshow/20143269.cms
      The Supreme Court has given the Tamil Nadu government time till July 6 to fix a fare structure for autorickshaws, implement it and file a compliance report before the court.

      The 'final' opportunity, extending the ultimatum by two more months, was given by a bench comprising Justice R M Lodha and Justice Kurian Joseph, on a petition filed by Chennai-based advocate S V Ramamurthy, on May 6.

      While acceding to the pleas of Tamil Nadu's additional advocate general for more time to frame a fare structure and implement it, the bench had said: "In the interest of justice, we are inclined to grant further time of two months to Tamil Nadu to finally consider fixing of new fares for autorickshaws."

      Supreme Court ultimatum to Tamil Nadu: Fix auto fares by July 6 - The Times of India

      The Supreme Court has given the Tamil Nadu government time till July 6 to fix a fare structure for autorickshaws, implement it and file a compliance report before the court.

    4. Reached 12,500 signatures
    5. Update from Final meeting with Transport Minister

      Prahalathan Karunakaran
      Petition Organizer

      September 3, Chennai: Today we met the minister (7th visit since Aug 14), he told us that he has spoken to the Transport Commissioner regarding Auto fare revision and asked us to do further follow up with the transport commissioner.

      The Transport commissioner confirmed to us that fare revision is under consideration and the file is now with the home department though he denied knowledge of how long the decision would take but thinks it can be expected soon.

    6. Auto fares: Netizens to up pressure on govt - TOI

      Prahalathan Karunakaran
      Petition Organizer

      Publication: The Times Of India, Chennai; Date: Aug 14, 2012; pg 2

    7. Meeting The Transport Minister

      Prahalathan Karunakaran
      Petition Organizer

      We're delivering the petition to the minister on August 14 (tuesday morning) If you are interested to join us please email chennaiauto AT bhumi DOT org DOT in

    8. Reached 10,000 signatures
    9. Transport department recommends revision of auto fares to minister

      Prahalathan Karunakaran
      Petition Organizer

      The New Indian Express, Chennai, August 2, 2012

    10. Reached 9,000 signatures
    11. Petition to fix auto rates reaches transport Ministry

      Prahalathan Karunakaran
      Petition Organizer

      We had submitted the petition with 6,000 of your signatures to the Transport Commissioner on July 13, 2012. The department has acted and for the first time since 2007 a fare revision report has been sent to the Transport Minister. Now we need 10,000 signatures to help build more public pressure when we visit the Minister.

    12. Auto rate overhaul on cards - Times of India, Aug 2

      Prahalathan Karunakaran
      Petition Organizer

      Publication: The Times Of India, Chennai; Date: Aug 3, 2012; pg 5

    13. Reached 8,000 signatures
    14. Chennai inches to dream of meter autos - Deccan Chronicle, July 23

      Prahalathan Karunakaran
      Petition Organizer

      Publication: Deccan Chronicle, Chennai; Date: Jul 23, 2012

    15. Reached 7,000 signatures
    16. Petition to fix auto rates reaches transport department - Indian Express

      Prahalathan Karunakaran
      Petition Organizer

      Publication: The New Indian Express, Chennai; Date: Jul 16, 2012

    17. Auto campaign gains ground! - Times of India, July 15

      Prahalathan Karunakaran
      Petition Organizer

      Publication: The Times Of India Chennai; Date: Jul 1, 2012; Section: Chennai Times; Page:1

    18. Petition with 6,000 signatures submitted to the Transport commissioner

      Prahalathan Karunakaran
      Petition Organizer

      11 of the petitioners from various organisations submitted the petition, rate card ideas and details of various studies on July 13, 2012. The Transport commissioner and joint transport commissioner have promised to take action by means of a report that will be submitted to the ministry within two weeks. Attached is the acknowledgement by the Transport commissioner's office.

    19. Auto fare campaign gathers speed - Times of India, July 13

      Prahalathan Karunakaran
      Petition Organizer

      Publication: The Times Of India, Chennai; Date: Jul 13, 2012; pg 5

    20. Reached 6,000 signatures
    21. Thousands join online drive on auto fares - Times of India, July 12

      Prahalathan Karunakaran
      Petition Organizer

      Publication: The Times Of India, Chennai; Date: Jul 3, 2012; pg 12

    22. Reached 5,000 signatures
    23. Asking for a ‘fare’ deal - Deccan Chronicle, July 5

      Prahalathan Karunakaran
      Petition Organizer

      Publication: Deccan Chronicle; Date: Jul 5, 2012; Section: Chennai Chronicle - pg 1

    24. Online activists demand rationalised autorikshaw fares in Chennai - TOI

      Prahalathan Karunakaran
      Petition Organizer

      Publication: The Times Of India, Chennai; Date: Jul 3, 2012; pg 2

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • siva prasad CHENNAI, INDIA
      • 11 months ago

      In kerala Transport commissioner Mr. Risiraj Sing is is taking bold steps against transport rules violations with out any public campaigns. But in chennai even after invariable request and petitions by public rules yet to be ibrought in to action.The authority should move according to the majority (the public) rather than the minority (the auto drivers)

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      • about 1 year ago

      Not only in Chennai, here in Coimbatore too we face a lot

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    • Ronak Shah INDIA
      • about 1 year ago

      Why just Chennai, rationalize all over the country.

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    • lic Ganes INDIA
      • about 1 year ago

      it is too much. drivers' could not dictate terms / fares.

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    • Manoj kumar CHENNAI, INDIA
      • about 1 year ago

      Because it will bring a standard rates for auto and people will not have to bairgain evrytime they get an auto

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