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19 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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For commuter friendly CNG auto-rickshaws

It is disturbing to note that drivers of CNG-powered auto-rickshaws are virtually robbing their passengers by charging arbitrary fares in the capital by ignoring meter reading in violation of rules. According to a report of this newspaper on Saturday, the arrival of ride-sharing services like Pathao and Uber has not changed the scenario. Debunking the metered bill system introduced by the government, CNG-run auto-rickshaw drivers charge exorbitant fares from commuters who are extremely critical of CNG auto-rickshaw drivers. Most of them feel that Pathao is a great transportation option for avoiding traffic gridlocks. Uber is also considered passenger-friendly.

Mismanagement of public transport in the capital city is a chronic scenario. The commuters are bearing the brunt of it. Against this backdrop drivers of CNG-powered auto-rickshaws have exacerbated the sufferings of the commuters. The population of the capital city that assumed the shape of a mega-city is increasing day by day, and with this the number of public transports is also swelling but the services rendered to the city-dwellers are far from satisfactory. Drivers of CNG-powered auto-rickshaws are demanding unusually high fare from commuters disregarding the normal practice. They are doing this under the nose of the members of the law enforcement agencies, particularly police. Passengers are also being harassed by auto drivers for refusing to pay exorbitant fares. There is nobody to control auto-rickshaws running without meters.

Movement of vehicles without fitness certificates is punishable according to law but many vehicles are in operation in the city without fitness certificates right in front of the law enforcers. Although a mobile court has recently been set up to control the irregularities and mismanagement of CNG auto-rickshaws operated by the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), most commuters do not know where to lodge complaints against the unruly auto drivers. How long this anarchy will go? This is the pertinent question of the city-dwellers. Anarchy in the public transport system cannot go on like this.

A BRTA notice warned drivers and owners of vehicles of action if passengers were harassed. But many drivers said they were unaware of such a notice. Besides, auto-rickshaw drivers have their problems. Many drivers have to give the owner of the vehicle a fixed amount at the end of each day.     

The relevant authorities should formulate a clear cut policy in this regard to ease the sufferings of the commuters. The sooner it is done, the better.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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