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On ECR and the IT corridor, RTO officials take action against drivers of these vehicles for overloading and operating without permits. T.S. ATUL SWAMINATHAN reports

With the Regional Transport Office cracking the whip on Ape autos (share-autos) and Tata Magic cabs for overloading and operating without permits, auto drivers operating on East Coast Road and the IT Corridor have been left with no choice but to disassemble the rear bench seats.

But, the move has not gone well with these drivers, who have been operating on ticket basis. Earlier, they used to board 10 people at a time. Now they have been forced to follow the rule book, which says they can take only three passengers.

“I am not able to run my family. I have to pay for my children school fees, auto-maintenance, and daily vehicle rent. I am in this occupation for the past 12 years. Now, I don’t know where to go. My future looks bleak,” said A. Siva Kumar, a share auto driver on ECR.

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