Hyderabad: Share autos and seven-seaters are the lifeline for thousands of office-goers in the city. While these vehicles do fill in for the inadequate public transport service in the city, they flout all traffic safety rules resulting in accidents like the one that injured four school students at Nanakramguda on Monday.
Worse, shrugging off their responsibility, the traffic police authorities say it is not possible to manage these errant autos. “As many as 300 cases of violations are registered with the police everyday, but no matter what the penalty, it has no effect on the auto drivers. They keep violating the norms on a regular basis,” said C V Anand, additional commissioner traffic.
Approximately 40 per cent of the total autos plying on the streets of Hi-Tec City do not have meters, leave alone digital meters that were made mandatory. “They charge an extra amount for the ride and refuse to use meters,” said Ramya K Sridharan, who works at a software major in Gachibowli.
Commuters here complain that the government has turned a blind eye to their safety as many auto drivers do not even have a a driving license. In fact, the seven-seater driver involved in the Monday accident did not have a license. “Autos registered in some rural areas on the peripheries of the city are driven within the city limits without proper papers. This menace is growing in the city,” said P Ramakrishna, a techie.
Commuters note that apart from overcrowding, the auto drivers fail to maintain speed limits which endanger their lives. TOI