Memorandum submitted to District Collector
Auto-rickshaw drivers have appealed to the District Collector to initiate measures for withdrawal of the hike in third party insurance for their vehicles.
In a memorandum submitted to the District Collector on Tuesday, Visakhapatnam District Auto-rickshaw Karmika Sangham general secretary Sk. Rahiman said that thousands of drivers in the district were dependent on autorickshaws for a livelihood.
They were contributing thousands of rupees every year to the Central and State governments in the form of taxes.
The steep hike in the prices of petrol and diesel was already causing untold hardship to auto drivers.
They were also being made to cough up hefty amounts as fines by the RTA and the police authorities even in the name of implementation of traffic guidelines.
Mr. Rahiman noted that the third party insurance which was Rs.316 was hiked to Rs.1,740 in the past. It was again increased to Rs.2,740 on Monday.
Cost of living
This would cause untold misery to auto-rickshaw drivers who were already facing problems due to lack of adequate returns and the growing cost of meeting the needs of their family members. Many drivers had purchased three-wheelers by availing of loans from private financial institutions.
The other demands of the sangham include: provision of parking lots in all areas by the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) and bringing out legislation for provision of PF and ESI to auto drivers.
The other signatories of the memorandum submitted to District Collector include sangham treasurer K. Simhadri, working president M. Chittibabu and honorary president M. Ananda Rao.