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Autos off the roads

Autos off the roads
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The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Auto Drivers’ Unions, representing 13 unions, has decided to keep auto rickshaws off the roads indefinitely from Tuesday midnight in protest against the GO No. 108 under which the traffic police have been imposing fines up to Rs 1,000 for violations. The JAC appealed to the people to bear with the inconvenience.

Hyderabad: The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Auto Drivers’ Unions, representing 13 unions, has decided to keep auto rickshaws off the roads indefinitely from Tuesday midnight in protest against the GO No. 108 under which the traffic police have been imposing fines up to Rs 1,000 for violations. The JAC appealed to the people to bear with the inconvenience.
As part of plans for better traffic management in the twin cities, the Hyderabad City Traffic Police had decided to enforce the rules relating to enhanced fines, but it has drawn flak from motorists, including auto drivers, as fines up to Rs 1,000 are being collected for traffic violations like cell phone driving, wrong parking, jumping signal and overloading.
The JAC leaders said that at a time when the state and Union governments had effected hikes in prices of essential commodities, petrol, diesel, LPG and spare parts dealing a severe blow to poor and middle class citizens, the Rs 1,000 challan on autorickshaw drivers and others had as a bolt from the blue. They said in fact a reasonable increase in auto meter rates was due in the wake of rising prices. “People should pay a heavy price for the government’s questionable policies. Therefore, we have decided to stay off the road indefinitely till the government scrap its order immediately.”
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