Pune: The Regional Transport Office (RTO) has planned to launch app-based auto-rickshaw service to compete with private cab companies.
The RTO has started work on the project to connect around 60,000 auto-rickshaw drivers in the city with a mobile app service to provide hassle-free journey and cost-effective service to passengers.
Passengers often complain that auto men refuse to ply-by-meter. Therefore, they prefer cabs to auto-rickshaws. Recently, Ola announced to introduce 10,000 e-rickshaws in Pune, Nagpur and Nashik this year. The company has already registered around 8,000 auto-rickshaws in its fleet.
The RTO expects that the app-based service will end disputes over fares between auto-rickshaws drivers and passengers. The authority held meetings with the representatives of the auto-rickshaws association and the app provider service company. In the initial phase, 60,000 auto-rickshaws will be a part of this service.
Sanjay Raut, Deputy Regional Transport Officer, said, “The app-based service will provide auto-rickshaws service to passengers easily. We are trying to complete this process as soon as possible. A city-based IT firm is developing the app, which is in its final stages. This is an initiative with help from auto-rickshaw unions.”
The service will be supervised by the RTO. If an auto-rickshaw man refuses to ply-by-meter, action will be taken.
Nitin Pawar of Rickshaw Panchayat said, “In the interest of auto-rickshaws drivers and passengers, the initiative is a welcome move. We are continuously discussing the issue with the RTO.”