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Updated: September 7, 2013 09:12 IST

6,000 illegal autos may go off roads in Chennai

  • Vivek Narayanan
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The new tariffs and meter measures announced by the government are applicable to share autos too. The transport department will soon begin to crack down on such vehicles that operate without proper meters. Photo: M. Karunakaran
The new tariffs and meter measures announced by the government are applicable to share autos too. The transport department will soon begin to crack down on such vehicles that operate without proper meters. Photo: M. Karunakaran

Vehicles without permits and valid ownership documents will not receive meters, fare cards

Over 6,000 autorickshaws plying without permits and valid ownership documents may be forced to go off city roads soon.

In its bid to enforce the new tariff system, the State transport department has directed that autorickshaw owners themselves collect the new fare cards and recalibrated meters.

However, this has opened a can of worms as most autoriskshaws are not run by the original owners.

Many such vehicles are financed by private moneylenders. When the owner fails to pay the interest, the vehicle is seized by the moneylender who then hires another driver to run the vehicle.

“Many drivers said their autorickshaws had changed hands before coming to them. The vehicle documents, however, continued to be in the name of the original owners. Drivers will not get the rate cards and new meters unless the original owner comes in person to collect them,” said a transport department official.

For transfer of ownership too, the original and new owners have to go to the regional transport office and sign the transfer order. “This will avoid malpractices including forgery. Besides, autorickshaws without proper permits and documents can be easily weeded out,” said the official.

As of Friday, a total of 24,000 autorickshaw drivers had collected the new rate cards.

“We are very particular the vehicle owner himself should come to collect the rate cards and later the GPS meters,” said the official.

Share autos too under the scanner

The transport department will soon begin its crackdown on Ape autorickshaws that operate as share autos in the city, without proper meters.

The department has identified land in Sholinganallur and Tiruvallur for impounding the autorickshaws. According to the transport department, Ape autorickshaws ply in most parts of the city including the IT corridor of Rajiv Gandhi Salai, and T. Nagar.

The new tariffs and measures announced by the government are applicable to share autos too. “Most of these vehicles do not have meters yet. Transport department officials can cancel the fitness certificate of vehicles without meters,” said the official.

Though the Ape autorickshaws have seating capacities of three plus one, the norm is violated and the vehicles are often overloaded. “Most of the time, they are found carrying more than 10 passengers. This is very risky,” said another transport department official.

Commuters said they were aware of the danger involved in travelling in such vehicles. “From Kasturba Nagar MRTS station, I hop into a share autorickshaw to reach my office on Rajiv Gandhi Salai. During peak hours, the vehicle is overcrowded. One careless turn and the vehicle can turn turtle,” said Vinay Sundaram, a resident of Mandaveli.

The transport department has decided to crack down on such vehicles once the drive to enforce the revised tariffs on normal autorickshaws is completed.

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Nearly 50% of the autos in Chennai are owned by cops, political
leaders and mostly as 'benamis'. Whatever the Govt mandates will
never be implemented because of these rowdies in uniforms.

Until some agency cleans up the nexus between cops and auto
drivers - public, especially in Chennai will suffer.

Even God can not save this until the corrupt cops are fired.

1. Computerize the registration
2. Using Rationcards, Aadhaar Cards or some sort of unique
identifier start taxing the income / property ownership. And if
the vehicle owner is a cop hold them non-compliant. Terminate
3. We have so many regulations ONLY we do not enforce them.

from:  Venky
Posted on: Sep 8, 2013 at 23:28 IST

Good news ! These illegal autos were perhaps spoiling the industry by
encouraging lawlessness among the automen. If follow up action by
prosecuting the culprits is taken it will send a messgage that
givernment means business this time. This confirms that Computerisation
and mechanisation is important for exercising proper control in
administration. The adarsh card can eliminate bogus gas connections too

from:  S.Rajagopalan
Posted on: Sep 8, 2013 at 12:41 IST

Well. This have to done one day. It will boost auto industry's revenue, no more bargaining,
everything is fixed.
But it's not enough. The Govt also need to allow authorised Van, Bus and other small vehicle
specially for school children . With complete safe environment, warning sign on vehicle's
rear ,with speed limit,with automatic closed door.
The public transport needs lots of attention. With each separate line for 2 wheelers,bus,and
cars. Including enough place for pedestrian . And whoever break the rules,should be punish
without escape.
Accident are so normal in Tamil Nadu , thousands of innocent people are being killed every
year. Some time need to wonder who is a real terrorist? The terrorist or the Authority in mask
of govt???

from:  Sam
Posted on: Sep 7, 2013 at 21:24 IST

While the Transport Department's objectives are laudable, how effective it is is to be seen - many police staff, from the constable to several ranks above him, as well as those in the political cadre, have partial to full ownership of auto-rickshaws - any complaints against autos or its drivers can rarely be enforced. So let us see how this initiative pans out.

from:  Venkatesh
Posted on: Sep 7, 2013 at 19:59 IST

Better late than never! At last there is light at the end of the tunnel. Years of suffering will reduce if metered autos are on the road. Let us hope the authorities would pay attention to auto driver's genuine needs so that all the stake holders are benefited.

from:  Raghavan P K
Posted on: Sep 7, 2013 at 15:22 IST

There is one more big thing government has to enforce, "Educating auto-
rickshaw drivers" make them more responsible in roads and follow the
traffic rules . Nowadays no auto rickshaw drivers respect traffic
signals & commuters,they don't worry about their exhaust noise level,
not driving in lanes, not using indicators and be the reason of most

from:  Nithyanand
Posted on: Sep 7, 2013 at 14:08 IST

In Bangalore, the photo and name of the owner, vehicle's validity period, name tithe driver, address are mentioned in a card set next to the meter facing the customer in the backseat. Why can't we implement this here? If most of these owners are money lenders, I am afraid that they will have the "right means" to circumvent our corrupt system!! This could be an exercise by the authorities to grease their purses.

from:  Poovhenden
Posted on: Sep 7, 2013 at 12:28 IST

Really a good step taken by the State Government. Please keep it up for the share autos also. General public will be thankful to the CM.

from:  K.R. Arunachalam
Posted on: Sep 7, 2013 at 10:26 IST

For decades, somehow avoided sector is being regulated, which is good
for goes to present government.

from:  scnehruroy
Posted on: Sep 7, 2013 at 10:05 IST

Knowing full well that one wrong turn and the auto turns turtle,
educated people travel in such autos. How can the Government stop such
autos. The public blame the Govt. for everything but will never
contribute .

Posted on: Sep 7, 2013 at 08:50 IST

This rule has to implement to all over Tamil Nadu. Especially to all city's and towns. First in vellore and tiruvannamali.

from:  Sanjeevkumar
Posted on: Sep 7, 2013 at 08:46 IST

On account of the recent decision of the State Government of
Tamilnadu,most of the Share Auto rickshaws may go off the road owing
to lack of proper documents. This will add to the misery of
travellers preferring auto rickshaws than crowded buses. Share Auto
rickshaws particularly in the Guindy to Porur and Porur to Poonamalle
were quite inexpensive. It is high time the State Government deals
with the erring auto rickshaw owners are dealt with iron hands. This
will help the physically challenged and senior citizens in a big way.

Posted on: Sep 7, 2013 at 07:07 IST

Why board a share auto in the first place and then blame it for safety violations? Why can't we avoid using them? Automatically they will go off the road.

from:  Marthg
Posted on: Sep 7, 2013 at 06:46 IST

No auto follows meter or new rate card. It's all eye wash just to cheat the court. Most of the autos removed the existing meter only to not let us see the kilometre. India will never change. It isn't about just me fighting for my right. Many people out there just don't want to or they don't know. Worst thing is that no one helps the common man.

from:  Rajkumar s
Posted on: Sep 7, 2013 at 02:31 IST
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