Commuters: find us cheaper alternatives

By Saumyangi Yadav

Citizens recommend shared routes, prepaid automatic meters, carpoolingand minibus to provide

With the continuing problem between the state government and automatic based on application aggregators in Bengaluru, disgruntled commuters are now demanding better and cheaper alternatives to overloading auto rickshaws.

Many of them recommend focusing on carsharing, prepaid metered cars, and other carpooling or carpooling facilities in the city.

“In other metropolitan cities, there are plenty of options for shared car or taxi rides. Especially at large metro stations and tourist sites, commuters can split their costs by sharing a car or taxi. But it’s not that common in Bangalore,” said student Sujal Patil.

Since car fare prices have skyrocketed in the city, commuters are looking for cost-effective alternatives to local cars and app-based taxi rides.

“It’s especially a great option for students or people who commute to work daily where there are lots of common commuters, as it spreads the cost among three or four people that you’d rather be paying on your own,” he said. she adds.

Other commuters highlighted the importance of automatic prepaid meters at metro stations and other popular destinations.

“Opening more prepaid counters in the city is the best alternative to app-based cars. Especially at all bus stops, subway stations, shopping malls, hospitals and key places, there should be automatic prepaid counters to help commuters,” said VK Srivatsa, a resident.

“Furthermore, enforcement of drivers who refuse to drive to destination should be strengthened. Not all car drivers are bad, there are a handful of bad drivers to identify and phase out to make the last mile connectivity using comfortable automobiles for commuters,” he added.

Recently, BMRCL announced that it will soon introduce automatic prepaid meters in four metro stations, two in Nagasandra and one in Byappanahalli.

“The only way to avoid the city’s auto mafias who refuse to use the meter and then charge three times the actual fare is to set up prepaid auto services. These should be regulated by the department transport and not by a private actor, otherwise it would end up looking like ola and uber services,” said Banashankari 6th floor resident Manjesh K.

Commuters also added the need for minibuses connecting metro stations to several residential areas.

“People will stop relying on cars when public transport is better. There should be enough minibuses that connect metro stations to inner areas where buses don’t go either. We pay Rs. 100 for less distance 2 km away because we have no other option,” added Manjesh.

Karnataka’s Department of Transport has branded the services of Ola, Uber and Rapido ‘unlawful’ under the On-Demand Transport Technology Act 2016, after reports of a over-charging compared to tariffs set by the government have arisen. The government asked the companies to submit a report and also warned them of legal action if they did not comply with the order.

There should be prepaid automatic counters to help commuters at bus stops, subway stations, etc.

–VS Srivatsa, a resident

Fine of Rs 5,000 per vehicle for offenders

The Department of Road Transport and Safety has decided to issue instructions to aggregation platforms using auto rickshaws to stop operations. Companies violating the guidelines will be penalized with Rs 5,000 per vehicle for the first offense from tomorrow. However, ministry officials clarified that a fine will not be imposed on the passenger or the drivers of the automobiles.

As the three-day ultimatum given to motorists expires today, the Department of Transportation has declared it illegal to operate three-wheelers under aggregation platforms. The fine will be calculated after collecting data from companies operating illegally.

The cyber division of the police department will also ask to ban the automatic section in the applications.

Transportation Department officials met with representatives from aggregation platforms like Ola and Uber to discuss pricing, which is currently higher than rates set by the state government. They asked the ministry for permission to charge a base rate, five percent GST and a convenience fee for operating the platforms. The decision on the convenience fee and the request to change the aggregator rules will be submitted to the government, and further decisions will be made.

Road Transport and Safety Commissioner THM Kumar said: “As per the rules, three-wheelers cannot be permitted. Starting tomorrow, running automobiles on aggregation platforms will be illegal. The request for modification of the proposal and the proposed tariffs will be forwarded to the state government and a decision will be made,”

—Melvin Mathew


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