STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Safety being Taken for an ‘Unfare’ Ride

There have been earlier reports about misbehaviour towards auto passengers and criminal activities of auto drivers. About two years ago, a couple was brutally attacked by auto drivers in front of a surveillance camera.

Published: 24th May 2014 08:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th May 2014 08:58 AM   |  A+A-

KOCHI: There have been earlier reports about misbehaviour towards auto passengers and criminal activities of auto drivers. About two years ago, a couple was brutally attacked by auto drivers in front of a surveillance camera.

Even with the assistance of videos from the camera, it took several days to nab the driver. Last year, similar incidents of attack by auto drivers were reported from various parts of the city. “There are several auto drivers who work for quotation gangs and engage in criminal activities. A good number of auto drivers consume liquor and operate at night. There were also reports that many autorickshaws were owned by policemen. But there has been no investigation about these issues. Auto drivers with a criminal background often refuse to operate with fare meter,”police officials said.

Meanwhile, R Nishanthini, Deputy Commissioner of Police, said that the attack on the journalist was an isolated incident and that police have taken all the measures to prevent such incidents. She said that the only resort for passenger in such situation is to call 100 and inform the officials. “Since I took charge as the Deputy Commissioner here, this is the first case of a passenger being attacked by an auto driver. Such cases are taken seriously and required action will be taken. Usually we receive complaints regarding misbehaviour from auto drivers who refuse to operate fare meters. We look into such cases seriously and auto drivers are penalised,”she said.

Syamandabhadran of the autorickshaw drivers union said that strict guidelines regarding proper behaviour with passengers have been given to  auto drivers. “We also condemn such incidents and criminal auto drivers will not be permitted to work in the city.

I have asked our union members to conduct an inquiry. If the driver who attacked the journalist belongs to our union, action will be taken against him,”he said.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp