Autorickshaw rides are likely to get costlier in Bengaluru. Driver unions have approached the state government seeking revision of the minimum fare for the first 2 km from Rs 25 to Rs 30. The minimum fare was last revised in 2013.
“Over the last six years, a lot has changed. The price of auto has escalated from Rs 1.15 lakh to Rs 1.75 lakh. The insurance amount for vehicles has also increased manifold. Auto drivers, who are not associated with aggregators like Ola and Uber, are struggling to survive in a costly city like Bengaluru. We have met the officials concerned, and hope that our long-pending demand of fare revision will be met soon,” said Adarsha Auto Drivers’ Union president Manjunath. “While the private cab aggregators don’t care two hoots for the fare prescribed by the state, auto drivers who ply by rules continue to suffer,’’ he added.
According to their memorandum submitted to the state government, the minimum fare should be Rs 30 for the first 2 km. For a subsequent journey, they have asked for Rs 15/km fare. As of now, auto drivers charge Rs 13/km after the first 2 km of travel.
When contacted, a senior official from the Regional Transport Authority said that the auto drivers’ concern was genuine, and the fare may be revised soon. Bengaluru has over 1.5 lakh registered autorickshaws.