Urging the district administration to revise the auto fares as the price of fuel had gone up, the members of Erode District Auto Workers Union, affiliated to CITU, submitted a petition to the District Collector here.
The members said that through the four Regional Transport Offices in the district, 3,115 autorickshaws were permitted to operate. Due to increase in petrol price, road tax, insurance and other expenses, they were finding it difficult to run the autos.
They said that the minimum fare was fixed at Rs. 25 for the first 1.8 km while Rs. 12 per km would be charged for every additional km. But the fare was fixed only for Chennai by the State Government.
They demanded that the minimum fare for the district be fixed at Rs. 35 for the first 1.8 km while Rs. 18 per km be fixed for every additional km.
There were over 2,000 autorickshaws plying in the city apart from the 200 share autos, call taxis and mini buses. Hence, no permits should be given for new autorickshaws so that the existing auto drivers could earn their livelihood, the said.
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