News that has been no news caught my eye in today’s newspaper. More so because I have had occasion to use cabs and autos more frequently in the past two months.

My observations:

  • They are a law onto themselves.
  • Most Autos/cabs have one licence and couple of drivers
  • They prefer getting caught once in a while so it brings legitimacy to the illegal licence and gives them a challan which can be used in lieu of licence for a couple of weeks. There is no photo on the challan so anybody can drive.
  • Some rule in the recent past about details SoS to be stuck at the back of the driver is never seen.
  • The old rule of number of the auto/cab to be visible inside is rarely seen.
  • The uniform with badge displayed – less said the better.
  • Am sure half dozen more can be added.

And for all of this, you need to find a cop – rarely are they around, call helpline which is a pain, give details to hear ‘Aare saheb jhaau deya, mee tumhanla rickshaw deto’ And if you insist more the penalty is ₹100/- mostly.

The pre check, monitoring, audit does not exist (Cops say not enough manpower, citizens say nobody listens, auto/cab guys say ‘yeh saazish hai’)

So how exactly is this ₹1000/- going to be charged? Collected? Or is it more to do additional madavli and make money?

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Written by AD
ex waiter, angadia, travel agent, dotcomer, dukaandaar, marketeer, people watcher. appreciates single malt, food, friends