Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: Members of Autorickshaw Drivers Association, affiliated to the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), staged a demonstration here on Tuesday protesting the "refusal" of insurance companies to provide insurance cover to old auto rickshaws.

They alleged various irregularities and problems in renewal of insurance cover to old auto rickshaws. Drivers were being forced to approach brokers to get the insurance cover renewed and that too on payment of very high premium.

The "selective" approach of insurance companies including public sector ones, went against clear directives issued by Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority which stated that third party cover, which is compulsory under the Motor Vehicles Act, cannot be refused to any insurer with vehicles having a valid fitness certificate.

Autorickshaw owners and drivers were being made to run from pillar to post to get the insurance cover, the association said. It demanded that the increase in premium should not exceed 100 per cent and no vehicle shall be denied insurance cover citing the age of the vehicle.

V.V.Krishnamurthy, president, led the agitators.