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Will this cat ever get belled?
By Manisha Yadav
The unethical practices adopted by autorickshaw drivers is a form of corruption that hurts our pockets on a daily basis.
The fare that has been stipulated by the government for specific distances is merely a piece of paper. In reality, it is dictatorship and the passenger is forced to agree to the driver’s whimsical demands.
Many respondents have poured their ire over this behaviour. As is well known by now, many who pretend to be honest and agree to go by their meters would have tampered them well in advance.
A helpless respondent from Bangalore reveals how he was asked to pay an extra Rs 70 above the actual meter rate of Rs 120. This was because he wanted to rush a family member to a private hospital for emergency treatment. A classic case of exploiting someone in dire need of help. He did try calling helplines to complain against the issue but they serve no purpose. To read this first-person account, visit http://www.ipaidabribe.com/bribe-central/corruption-auto-fares.
A respondent from Mumbai reveals that overcharging of meters is immediately resorted to when the driver senses that the passenger does not belong to the City http://www.ipaidabribe.com/bribe-central/auto-drivers-overcharging-passengers. Cities like Chennai and Coimbatore (in Tamil Nadu) do not follow any kind of meter system. The fare is decided on the spot by the autorickshaw driver after making an instant assessment of the passenger’s financial status.
Travel by auto today has the luxury connotations one associated with a taxi two decades ago.
I think the way the autorickshaw drivers exploit us all is so unfair. That extra buck which they insist upon should be earned not demanded.
Sambhram Gowda, Engineering student
Auto drivers in Bangalore are unaccommodating and hostile. They do not provide services they are paid for; they consider it as an act of charity without asking for an extra buck. The situation in other cities is not so pitiable. Take Amritsar (in Punjab) for example. Drivers there never expect an extra penny and are very helpful to those new to the city
Suraksha P, Arts student
Bangalore is the worst place unlike Mumbai or Delhi who have excellent public transport system and lags behind which leaves us no option but to give in to their demands of extra charge .
Pam Cauvery, Montessori school trainer
Throughout my life, i have worked in several states because of my job profile. Everywhere, especially in metros, autowallahs run their own autocracy. Many a time, if you argue with them, they absue you using slang words in their regional languages. Meters in autos are just showpieces.