RTO plans to reduce auto operators’ incentives for short distance rides

Revised fare to be implemented after a nod at transport authority meeting.

Written by Express News Service | Published: August 29, 2012 4:40 am

Revised fare to be implemented after a nod at transport authority meeting

Following complaints by passengers regarding high fare charged prepaid rickshaws operating from the railway station,the Regional Transport Office has decided to lower the incentives of operators,making the fare cheaper for short distance rides. The new fare will be implemented once the decision is approved at the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) meeting.

The RTO,in association with the traffic branch police,had started the prepaid auto rickshaw service. The aim was to regulate rickshaws operating from the railway station and avoid exploitation of new comers in the city by rickshaw owners.

For the first 4 km,a driver gets a 30 per cent incentive over the actual fare as per the meter. For rides between 4 and 12 km the incentive was fixed at 25 per cent and 20 per cent for a ride over 12 km. At present,the regular fare is Rs 11 for the first km and Rs 10 every subsequent km.

“Several passengers have complained that the short journey fare was very high. The reason for this was the higher incentive of 30 per cent. So in the interest of the passengers we will reduce it to 20 per cent. The decision will be implemented once it gets the RTO nod,” an RTO official said.

Under the scheme,the RTO has set up prepaid booths outside the Pune railway station. Printed receipts are issued to commuters on the basis of the fare chart available at the stand. The RTO had also decided to start a similar service from Lohegaon Airport but nothing has been decided yet.

Meanwhile,the Rickshaw Panchayat has come out strongly against the move even before its implementation. They alleged that the transport authorities are not taking the rickshaw unions in confidence before taking decisions.

“The current formula adopted by the RTO was working well. If they want to change it then their should be a thorough deliberation over the issue. The RTO cannot just revise the fare without consulting the rickshaw association,” said Nitin Pawar,Convenor,Rickshaw Panchayat.

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