Meter autorickshaw drivers seek protection

Autorickshaw drivers of Ungal Meter Auto petitioned Collector seeking protection in Tiruchi on Monday.

Autorickshaw drivers of Ungal Meter Auto petitioned Collector seeking protection in Tiruchi on Monday.   | Photo Credit: M_Moorthy


A group of autorickshaw drivers, operating 'Ungal Meter Auto’ to provide rides at fixed meter rates, submitted a petition to the district authorities requesting protection against abuse and assault from members of other autorickshaw drivers associations.

The drivers, who offer rides at the charges set by the government- ₹ 25 minimum meter charges and ₹ 12 per km thereafter - submitted a memorandum to the District Revenue Officer during the weekly grievances meeting, requesting protection against autorickshaw drivers who ride for private aggregators and members of other autorickshaw drivers associations.

“They stop us from taking passengers at public places and shout cuss words at us,” said H. M. Shareef, secretary, Ungal Meter Auto.

“We are being attacked for following the rules. Those who do not follow them are pulling us down,” Mr. Shareef said. Nearly 100 autorickshaws are currently associated with the Ungal Meter Auto, he claimed.

The members also urged the government to increase the auto fares to ₹ 30 as minimum charge, and ₹ 15 for every km thereafter. “We are unable to get many customers as not many know of us. Unless a customer stops us on the road, they do not usually know that such autorickshaws even exist. So, we would like the charges hiked so we can earn a decent livelihood,” he said.

The drivers requested the Collector to permit the association to set up designated stands at Central bus stand, Chathram bus stand and Tiruchi junction railway stations apart from Thiruvanaikovil and Srirangam temples and other important locations.

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