Over 300 auto drivers booked in Hyderabad
Hyderabad: Leaders of auto unions have launched protests against a joint special drive by traffic police and road transport authorities.
Over 300 auto drivers have been booked since the action began against those operating without licenses, those who had made modifications to accommodate more passengers and those operating without a functioning fare metre. On Tuesday, several members of unions were taken into custody after they attempted to lay siege on the RTA Khairatabad office.
“We want the government to stop cancelling permits of autos found operating without a licence. We are not against officials taking action against violation of traffic rules. But is a special drive launched against poor auto drivers fair? The government must fix rates of app-based cab services,” Telangana State Auto
Drivers Unions Joint Action Committee leader A Sathi Reddy said. Joint transport commissioner T. Raghunath said officials were yet to cancel permits of any auto. “We will do it in a day or two after the list is sent to us by traffic police,” he said.