Crackdown against autorickshaw drivers who do not charge according to fare meter continues as 66 auto drivers were fined during the checking conducted on Sunday.
Deputy Commissioner of Police V M Muhammad Rafique said that the drive would continue till the autorickshaw drivers start using fare meters regularly and do not overcharge commuters.
According to data released by the city police, around `9,700 fine was collected by errant drivers. Seven auto drivers were caught for driving the vehicle after consuming liquor.
Police officials said the public has to come forward if auto rickshaw drivers do not use fare meters and overcharge them.
“In most occasions, people coming from other parts of the state become victims of autorickshaw drivers. For this, autorickshaw drivers would be asked to display the minimum rate in the vehicle. Besides this, as part of making people aware about the fare charge in 72 divisions of Kochi Corporation, a leaflet would be brought out and distributed among the public. It would be made compulsory in all public vehicles to display registration number inside the vehicle,” Rafique said.
Police officials said that even though they are carrying out checking all across the Kochi Corporation limit, there is low response from the public for registering complaints against autorickshaw drivers who overcharge.
“The drive can be called a complete success only with the cooperation of the public. Still majority of people in the city don’t give complaints against errant drivers.
“The public can also come up with complaint if they have bitter experience from bus employees,” a police official said.
However, Rafique opined that after the drive, situation has turned a lot better now.
“We have found that around 80-90 per cent of autorickshaws are using meter now and charging according to it. About two months ago, no autorickshaws were plying here with meters,” he said.
Complaints against auto drivers can be given to Assistant Commissioner Traffic West 9497990067, Assistant Commissioner Traffic East 9497990068, Circle Inspector Traffic West 9497987099, Circle Inspector Traffic East 9497987100 , Circle Inspector Traffic Tripunithura 9497987102 or Deputy Commissioner, Law and Order, 9797996986.