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Auto rickshaw drivers in Belgaum are fleecing passengers for decades and the authorities are turning a blind eye to the woes of the common people.
The Auto fares have not been fixed over 2 years now and not even a single auto driver charges by the meter. Here there is not meter or fare chart, what ever comes to the mouth is the fare. Fares are as per the whims and fancies of the auto drivers.

Letter to
The President of India Shri. Pranab Mukherjee
Transport Commissioner, Govt. of Karnataka Transport Commissioner
DC Belgaum DC
and 9 others
Regional Commissioner Belgaum Regional Commissioner
RTO Belgaum RTO
Superintendent of police Belgaum Sandeep Patil
Honorable Minister for Transport, Govt. of Karnataka Honorable Ministe
Governor of Karnataka Hansraj Bharadwaj
Chief Minister of Karnataka Jagdish Shettar
Chief Justice of Karnataka Chief Justice of Karnataka
Chief Justice of India Chief Justice of India
Principal Secretary to Government - Transport, Govt. of Karnataka Principal Secretary
Fares for Auto Rickshaws should be implemented
Auto rickshaw drivers in Belgaum are fleecing passengers for decades and the authorities are turning a blind eye to the woes of the common people.
The Auto fares have not been fixed over 2 years now and not even a single auto driver charges by the meter. Here there is not meter or fare chart, what ever comes to the mouth is the fare. Fares are as per the whims and fancies of the auto drivers.
Currently for a distance of less than a Km they charge a minimum of Rs.30 and above all say “if you want to come; or go away.” also the common excuse is that we do not get any passengers for the way back. Do they expect us to turn an agent and get customers for them?
This has resulted in considerable inconvenience for commuters who depend on autorickshaws for their transport needs.
None of the auto drivers ever go by the meter and demand exorbitant fares. This unfair practice affects the commuters who, end up being harassed. Many Autos don't even have meters fitted which is a gross violation of the rules of the Motor Vehicles act. But the regional Transport authority has never shown any interest in coming forward and fixing fares.
There have been several cases of even assault by auto drivers on passengers after a scuffle over the fare to be paid.
If there is a rule of fare price being charged by the Autos all over which is fixed by the Regional transport authority, then why the same is not implemented.
What is the reason behind the police not taking any serious action against these Autos like they do on regular two wheelers or four wheelers?
Why can't the Traffic police check for the auto meter, whether it is working or no?
If anyone has to complain where can one complain?(we could not find a helpline number)

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.
4. Fare charts must be displayed at various prominent locations such as bus stands, railway stations.
5. The local Traffic police department must be told to adhere strictly to the rules and in case of fault book cases on the auto drivers.
6. Provide a way to track the complaints registered. So we know our voice is not going unheard, and that its not merely a rule for the sake of it.
7. There is lack of awareness about various rules with the auto rickshaw community itself. There should be notices sent out or distributed to ensure that auto rickshaw drivers know that if they refuse to ply or charge more, then they will be booked. This will definitely cut down the number of complaints that are being registered.
8. Each Auto must display the drivers name address so that if something happens the passengers can recognize the driver.
9. Devise a mechanism of Spot fine through the Traffic Police rather than taking it to the court of law and also the no. of times the fine imposed should be reflected in his driving license.