Autorickshaw unions in Coimbatore have decided to postpone the implementation of their own meter fare system following an assurance by the Transport Department of a solution to the issue within ten days.

Coimbatore District Autorickshaw Workers All Association Joint Committee president P.K. Sukumaran said that if the issue was not resolved within 10 days, the unions would proceed with implementing the fare system they had drawn up unilaterally.

The District Administration here had failed to implement a tariff fare, along the lines done for Chennai, despite several rounds of talks with the unions.

Following this, the unions decided to come up with a tariff fare system unilaterally and implement it from January 1. However, the police and transport department had opposed any such move.

Police personnel in Chennai had distributed pamphlets among autorickshaw drivers, warning of action and had also sought statements from autorickshaw drivers that they would not implement the fare system devised by the unions.

The police personnel had also stopped autorickshaws and inquired about the fare with the passengers.

The Bharathiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) has called upon the district administration to initiate action against police officials harassing autorickshaw drivers.

A resolution to this effect was passed during its meeting held on December 31. Association district general secretary P. Venketaraman said that the district administration should fix the fare at Rs. 30 for the first 1.5 kilometre and Rs. 15 for every subsequent kilometre.

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