This site has seen some decent (indecent comments removed) discussions on various subjects of importance to all from Belgaum, Belgavi to cutting of trees.
The most significant problem Belgaumites are facing for all these years and to which no authority is looking to correct it is the Auto fares in Belgaum.
For the past three days Autos are off the road and they are holding the regular commuters to ransom for no wrong done by them. The autos are off the roads on the demand that the police should find the culprits behind the murder of their fellow driver Noor who was killed latter part of the week. Even on Friday the whole city there was tension on this issue, where as the police say that the murder was due to family matters and some people tried to give it a communal touch.
My question to all, why is that in Belgaum over so many years and so many great IAS and IPS officers in town no one could start the Autos by Fare meter prescribed by the government. Is it that Belgaum does not adhere to any laws of the land? Only the people sitting as MP’s MLAs can answer this, as no one has tried to solve this most common and most important issue, which if solved can help all Belgaumites.
How many know the exact minimum auto fare? Take a guess! No one !!
the minimum auto fare for Belgaum city is Rs.12 for 2 kms and then Rs.6 per kilo meter.
I need one person who has traveled by paying Rs.12 the minimum fare. The minimum fare charged is Rs.15 straight forward.
Refusal to come near by, excess fare and rude behavior for which auto drivers can be punished under law is the daily practice by them,as there is “NO MAIKALAL” who will ask them.
Earlier attempts were made to impose auto by fare meters but the Auto drivers resented to it and the same could not be achieved.
The auto fare in Bangalore is Rs. 14 per 2 kms and then Rs.7 per km. In Mumbai the minium is Rs.9 per 1.5 km.
If by mistake any of the authorities responsible for this is reading this please try and travel by autos and see how horrible it is.
Most meters on the autos never work (except on the day at the RTO for passing) many don’t have one as well. The police never try and stop and ask for a license of an auto driver, especially those running auto at night, who are young kids with no license.
The pre-paid auto at the railway station is also not working in a good manner due to the wrong intentions of the auto drivers.
My question to the auto drivers-
If there is a law why is not applicable to you in Belgaum?
Are these auto drivers not bound by law?
Some important points one should know:
1. For every Kilometer -Rs. 6-00 (for 3 passengers)
2. The Minimum Fare -Rs. 12-00 (for 3 passengers)
(for the first 2.00 Kms.)
3. Waiting charges for first Five Minutes- FREE
4. After Five Minutes For every Fiteen Minutes or part thereof – Rs. 1-00
5. Luggage charges for First 20Kgs.- FREE
6. After 20 Kgs. For every; 20 Kgs. Or part thereof – Rs. 2-00
7. Maximum passenger Luggage to be carried is – 50Kgs.
Fare at Night- One and half times of prescribed fare to be charged from 10.00 pm to 5.00 am.
And is there any “MAIKALAL” who will take this mater to conclusion.
God bless Belgaum.
Source: RTO Bangalore, RTO Mumbai