Auto driv­ers at Vashi hike fare, con­tinue flout­ing rules

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

VASHI: Com­muters trav­el­ling in share au­torick­shaws near Vashi sta­tion are irked with the ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties with which the rick­shaws are ply­ing. Many com­muters have com­plained that the share auto driv­ers do not fol­low the rules and cre­ate traf­fic chaos.

A ma­jor­ity of the au­tos do not park their ve­hi­cles on the stand and this creates traf­fic prob­lems in the peak hours in the area.

“The auto driv­ers are not fol­low­ing the rules and reg­u­la­tions and hap­haz­ardly park their ve­hi­cles, block­ing the space and in­con­ve­nienc­ing com­muters en­ter­ing or ex­it­ing sta­tions,” said Vrinda Mha­tre, 32, Vashi res­i­dent.

The share au­tos that ply on the Vashi-Kopar Khairane route in­creased their fare by Rs5 two months ago, which was ap­proved by the RTO af­ter they were caught in a traf­fic drive for fer­ry­ing more than three pas­sen­gers. Even af­ter hik­ing the fare, au­tos do not seem to fol­low the rules and most of them can be seen ply­ing four to five pas­sen­gers.

“Au­tos squeez­ing in four to five pas­sen­gers pose a risk to com­muter’s lives. Pas­sen­gers shar­ing the driver’s seat are at more risk. We of­ten pre­fer pay­ing more and tak­ing a sin­gle auto,” said Vivek Prasad, 27, res­i­dent of Vashi.

Of­fi­cials said they will soon con­duct a spe­cial drive in the area. “We will fine driv­ers who do not fol­low rules and ply more pas­sen­gers or charge more. We re­quest com­muters to com­plain on our helpline num­bers,” said San­jay Dhaygude, deputy re­gional trans­port of­fi­cer of Vashi RTO.

HT

Au­torick­shaws ply with more than three pas­sen­gers.

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