Auto-Rickshaw Drivers Demand A Ban On App-Based Private Cabs

Around 150 auto-rickshaw took part in the protest held outside the regional transport office.

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Around 150 auto-rickshaw drivers took out a demonstration under the name of Tiger Autorickshaw Sanghatana outside the regional transport office.

The driver appealed for their various pending demands.

The sanghatana's patron, Vilas Bhalekar carried out the protest and even discussed the demands with RTO officials.

The demands include the formation of a welfare board for autorickshaw drivers, a ban on all app-based private cabs, a blanket ban on illegal passenger vehicles in city limits.

Bhalekar urged the RTO to get in touch with the state government over minimizing the premium of insurance from auto-rickshaw drivers.

According to Bhalekar, as many as Rs 1,100 crore is being paid to the insurance companies as vehicle insurance by over 15 lakh drivers.

According to the protesters, if government agrees to provide insurance, then the premium collected could be utilized to set up the welfare board.

“Autorickshaw drivers should be brought under the pension scheme,” Bhalekar said.

The auto-rickshaw union even threatened that if the government ignores their demands yet again they will intensify the agitation.

Information Source: TOI

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