The RTO and police began the crackdown on vehicles transporting students to school, a day after three students fell down from a moving Auto rikshaw.
The Traffic police has taken this issue seriously and has been imposing fines on such autos which are flouting rules of not carrying more than 6 students.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday the Autos ferrying school children will not ferry children as a protest.
The school “Autowala” is an official entity and so is the gross violation of a dozen traffic rules and common sense. (max 6 children can be in an auto)
It is actually really difficult to spot this trusted driver till he gets to his duty of taking the kids out of the auto and ushering them to school, all neat and trim in their well ironed and conspicuous uniforms. This age old contraption which continues to be a major means of transport has evolved with age to imitate its larger peers who carry so much load that anyone around is scared that the centre of gravity will falter into a herculean fall.
The auto drivers say they can’t survive if they have to ferry only 6 children as then the parents will have to shell out more than double as to what they are paying now. Normally the rates now are 300-600 depending upon the distance to the school.
The auto drivers say they shell out around 15000 only for the paper and documentation and permits and if there is any delay again fines are imposed.
The auto drivers also plan to submit a memorandum to the DC.