Auto, taxi drivers unions hail Delhi govt’s move to lift cap on number of riders

Auto and taxi drivers associations on Monday welcomed the Delhi government's move to lift the cap on the number of passengers in a vehicle, and said efforts should be made to help drivers badly hit due to the lockdown.

Auto rickshaw seen with a plastic layer divider between passenger and driver side in New Delhi. (ANI)
Auto rickshaw seen with a plastic layer divider between passenger and driver side in New Delhi.

Anuj Rathour, secretary Rashtriya Rajdhani Kshetra Auto Drivers Union, said although the curbs have been relaxed, people are still sceptical to step out.

He said resuming of Metro services will greatly help in reviving their business.

"The roads are deserted and people still fear to venture out. The government should make efforts to address their fear so that life can again start normally," Rathour said.

Rajender Soni, general secretary of the Delhi State Taxi Union, welcomed the step but said auto and taxi drivers have been impacted economically.

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He added that they had been asking the Delhi government as well as the Centre to ease the curbs imposed on transport.

"Seventy per cent of auto drivers who rented autos on a daily basis have left Delhi. Nearly 15,000 auto owners have also left Delhi along with their vehicles," he said.

What we need at this point is a stimulus package announced for other sectors, Soni said.

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The move will help drivers of all last mile connectivity vehicles, including Gramin Sewa, Eco Sewa, Phatphat Sewa, as well as drivers of autos and taxis, to work easily, said Chandu Chaurasia, vice president of the Capital Drivers Welfare Association.

First Published Date: 02 Jun 2020, 10:09 AM IST
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