Pune: Earlier it was Pimpri Chinchwad, now even Pune is having a tough time getting an auto rickshaw. Data obtained from Pune Regional Transport Office (RTO) reveals that most complaints are related to refusal to ply. Over 95% of non-plying complaints have come from Camp, Kondhwa, Pune station, Shivaji Nagar and Kothrud areas.
An average of 120 complaints were registered over the last couple of years. There’s a myth that late night refusals or complaints of over-charging are more. In fact, more than 80% of the complaints come in between 1pm-8pm showing daylight refusals.
Auto fares were hiked to bring down the increasing number of cases against fare refusal. Since January the numbers do seem to have lessened but RTO officials say it is far from the ideal scenario.
In a bid to deal with the situation, the Pune RTO is planning to open more pre-paid auto rickshaw booths across the city and introduce new routes for share auto rickshaw. Pune RTO is undertaking an exercise to identify repeat offenders.
Regional Tansport Officer, Jitendra Patil, said, “ We will be carrying out a detail study of the refusal cases so that we can catch hold of the repeated offenders and educate them. If they repeat the offence within six months then we will suspend their license for 60 days. “