Traf­fic po­lice start drive against auto driv­ers fleec­ing com­muters at Vashi

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

Auto driv­ers fleec­ing com­muters will face stern ac­tion for over­charg­ing com­muters and re­fus­ing to ply by me­ter.

Flooded by com­plaints, the Re­gional Trans­port Of­fice (RTO), Vashi has fi­nally started tak­ing ac­tion against such driv­ers.

RTO of­fi­cials said they will be go­ing to each and ev­ery auto stand at all main junc­tions of the nodes.

They will be talk­ing to au­torick­shaw driv­ers, ask­ing them to fol­low rules.

“We started the drive on Wed­nes­day from Vashi and spoke to 25 to 30 auto driv­ers in var­i­ous parts of Vashi. We will fol­low­ing this in all the other nodes as well in­clud­ing San­pada, Juina­gar, Nerul, Turbhe, Be­la­pur and Airoli,” said Sanjay Dole, deputy re­gional trans­port of­fi­cer, Vashi RTO.

“Ini­tially, we will coun­sel and warn the driv­ers. Af­ter a week, if we still find them flout­ing the norms, we will con­fis­cate the au­tos and fine them Rs2,000 for the first time and can­cel the per­mit for re­peated of­fend­ers,” he added.

Dole said teams of of­fi­cials will make ran­dom checks at auto stands. The rounds will be more at nodes from where fre­quent and max­i­mum com­plaints have come in.

“We are get­ting max­i­mum com­plaints from Vashi, Juina­gar and Sea­woods, stat­ing that auto driv­ers don’t use me­ters and de­mand ex­or­bi­tant amounts. Com­muters from Vashi and Kopar Khairane said au­torick­shaws charge Rs20 more than what the me­ter shows,” said an of­fi­cial.

Com­muters said that the RTO drive is a much-needed ini­tia­tive be­cause they face reg­u­lar prob­lems while trav­el­ling in au­torick­shaws.

“Most of the time, we are at the mercy of the au­torick­shaw driv­ers and have to go by what they ask for or else wait to get a rea­son­able ride. The RTO must con­duct drives daily to solve the prob­lem,” said Meenakshi Seethara­man, 31, res­i­dent of Vashi.

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