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?

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