Minimum auto fare Rs 17 in Hassan

Minimum auto fare Rs 17 in Hassan

DC moots special helpline from Sept 1, warns stern action against erring drivers

Deputy Commissioner Dr K G Jagadish on Monday said that the minimum fare will come into force from Tuesday and it is mandatory for all the autos to install new auto metres within 15 days.

The decision was taken at a meeting presided over by Jagadish, and also attended by auto drivers, owners and representatives of various department.

Accordingly, Rs 17 minimum fare has been fixed for the first 2 km for autos.

For the next kilometre

After the minimum fare it will be Rs 9 for every kilometre. If the passenger carries luggage weighing about 20 to 40 kgs he has to pay Rs 2 as luggage charges. If the auto is made to wait, Re 1 has to be paid for every 15 minutes as waiting charge.

The DC who stressed that an auto should not carry more than three passengers and more than six school students, also directed the RTO to take stern action on the auto drivers who violate the norms.

He also suggested to set up a special helpline from September 1, to enable the passengers to lodge a complaint on the erring auto drivers who demand excess than the recommended fare.

Registration of complaints

The complaints should be registered and necessary action should be taken on the erring driver, he said.

The driver would be levied Rs 500 fine for the first time and if he continues to violate,  he warned of cancelling his driving license.

He also ruled out using sound system in the autos and those drivers who drive autos after 10 pm should seek prior permission from the traffic police. He stressed on prepaid auto service at the new bus stand and railway station for the benefit of the passengers.
A separate space should be allotted for the parking of maxi cabs so that it does not cause trouble to the passengers at N R Circle.

He directed the CMC Commissioner to clear the petty shops near B M Road. The meeting also decided that the KSRTC buses should not drive at a speed more than 40 kms in city limits and not exceed 20 km per hour at the places of dense population.

Officials of various department, auto drivers association, lorry owners association, members of consumer forum were also present.

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