Auto unions threaten hungerstrike

"Many autos which have been not been issued such a certificate have stopped plying, fearing challans," said the Auto union.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:May 14, 2014 2:29 am
Striking auto-rickshaw drivers on Monday. (Ravi Kanojia) Striking auto-rickshaw drivers on Monday. (Ravi Kanojia)

Auto unions have threatened to go on a hungerstrike on May 19, after observing a strike on May 5, as the Transport department has still not issued fitness certificates to autos which do not have GPS meters installed in them. Some unions also met Transport department officials on Tuesday.

The move was prompted after the Delhi government issued orders on April 30, making GPS meters mandatory in auto-rickshaws for issuance of a fitness certificate. A fitness certificate is required by commercial vehicles like auto rickshaws and taxis to ply in Delhi. This move will mean all 55,000 autos in Delhi will now have to get GPS meters.

“Many autos which have been not been issued such a certificate have stopped plying, fearing that they will be challaned,” Kishan Verma, president of All Delhi Auto Taxi Transporters Congress Union, said.

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