PUNE: Pune RTO has taken action against 187 autorickshaw drivers in 2017-18 and collected a fine of Rs 1.19 lakh from them for refusing to ply passengers to the desired location.
Last year (2016-17), RTO had collected Rs 3.30 lakh fines from drivers refusing to ply passengers.
While many say that RTO is not taking enough action against the drivers, RTO officials claim that compared to last year, the number has reduced.
Sanjay Raut, Deputy RTO, said that if auto drivers refuse to ply passengers, they are being fined.
Autorickshaw drivers refusing to ply to the desired location has become a common occurrence. As a result of this, many commuters have started preferring services of auto aggregators like Ola.
Recently, Ola introduced 10,000 e-rickshaws in Pune, Nagpur and Nashik.
The company has already registered around 8,000 auto-rickshaws in its fleet.
Sanjay Raut, Deputy RTO, Pune, said, “We regularly receive complaints of auto drivers refusing to ply passengers.”
“The passengers often approach traffic police or RTO to register their complaints. In case these drivers are found guilty, we seize their licence for three months and collect a fine of Rs 500 from them,” he further added.
In July 2017, the RTO took action against 27 autorickshaw drivers, which is the highest number of cases in a single month in 2017-18.
“When we receive complaints from the passengers, the inspector-in-charge poses as a passenger. If the drivers refuse to ply, then action is taken against them,” said Raut takling about the action taken.