The “AUTO-cratic” rule in Belgaum seems to be never ending. People who once traveled with their parents and who now travel with their grandsons always have a fear of sitting in an auto in Belgaum, because you never know what you will be charged.
Autos in Belgaum will charge by meter; this is a dream citizens are dreaming of from decades now. The DC Anubukumar surprisingly yesterday in a meeting said that “autos should charge by meter and that the FARE would be fixed in the time to come.”
But dont get carried away, the DC said he would fix the fares and when this would be done is not stated. At the meeting the Auto drivers association agreed that autos should have meters but said a FARE must be fixed and also illegal autos and rikshaws, tempos should be banned.
Even if nothing very concrete has been fixed, we the citizens should look at this as a step in the right direction.
What the rules say:
The autos fall under preview of S. 1(7) of the Motor Vehicles Act, which defines contract carriages. Further Under S. 67, the state govt has powers to control road transport. The state govt having regard to the contingencies mentioned in clause (a), (b), (c) & (d) may from time to time, by notification issue directions to state transport authority and RTO for fixing of fares (min & max) for contract carriages. Even under S. 74 the grant of permit is also under certain conditions, one of which is fixation of fares.