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Auto Rickshaws on roads are awful: Need for reforms
There are a number of issues related to the auto rickshaws plying in the country, out of which some of them have been mentioned below. Concerned agencies can do well to take up these issues for their betterment, which will have a nice impact on the satisfaction quotient of a common man, whenever and wherever he travels by auto rickshaws.
-          During the monsoons, or for that matter whenever it rains, many of the auto rickshaws do not have proper covers to protect the passengers from getting drenched.  Concerned agencies can do well to regulate all the auto rickshaws plying in the country to have proper inbuilt covering system during monsoons to prevent both the passengers and their luggage, if any, from getting drenched.


-          Most of the vehicles plying on the roads including auto rickshaws at times do not maintain sufficient distance from the forward moving vehicle.  In other words, it is touch and go kind of situation. Traffic control department need to come out with proper rulings for all the vehicles plying in the country including auto rickshaws to mandatorily maintain a safe distance from the forward moving vehicle.


-          It is also seen that pedestrians do cross busy roads at any place, or at any point suiting to their convenience.  It would be better of pedestrians are encouraged by traffic control department only to cross roads through pedestrian crossing marks. 


-          Auto rickshaws abruptly stop in busy roads, either the boarded passenger intends to get down or some passenger waiting outside has given a signal to board the auto rickshaw. Such abrupt stoppage of forward moving vehicles does cause some stress and strain for the drivers behind.  Therefore, Traffic control department and concerned agencies can do well to encourage vehicles like auto rickshaws only to stop at select points, clearly earmarked and also encourage passengers to wait at these select points for showing stop signal to an auto rickshaw driver.  Such moves will make the movement of traffic on roads more organized.


-          Rate charts present in auto rickshaws can help the passengers to make the payment in a more satisfactory manner especially when many of the auto rickshaws do not have running proper meters installed.  Concerned agencies can do well to address this issue.


-          At times, passengers are also seated alongside the driver and once he sees a policeman (traffic) standing at some point, requests the passenger to get down and walk for a while and at some point where the policeman cannot see what is going on inside the auto rickshaw, the same passenger again sits next to the driver and proceeds to his destination.  Policy with regard to seating arrangements in auto rickshaws needs to be reviewed considering the fact that many passengers do sit in front along with the driver of auto rickshaw.


Through debates, the above issue can be addressed by the concerned agencies for bettering the commuting facilities for a common man though auto rickshaw.
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