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Auto Rickshaw Drivers in Pune to go on Strike on August 29 – A few weeks back Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, was strictly laid in Pune city. Abiding to it, Punekars were to pay heavy fines if the rules and regulations are violated. But this rule didn’t quite work well with the city-based tempo unions as the State Government issued major hike in the fines.  In an attempt to protest the move, Pune’s tempo unions have announced to go on strike on August 29.

The City auto rickshaws have also decided to support the Union and go on a strike with them and would be of 1 day strike. They will carry out a protest march from the union’s office at Timber Market to Pune collector’s office.

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At present, there are around 25,000 tempos in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad cities which are used for various purposes such as moving household material, vegetable transportation and furniture and other goods transportation to customers at shops, houses and malls.

On speaking to Nitin Pawar, head of Pune Rickshaw Panchayat, he said “Last week the State Government announced a heavy hike in various fines and these heavy fines are unaffordable to the tempo and Auto drivers who merely earn anything.”

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Pawar added by saying that ‘Most of the Tempo and Auto drivers buy their vehicles on loan. For this they have to pay the monthly EMI.  Also, the insurance ranges between Rs 12,000 and Rs 20,000 which is not much of a use to the Tempo or Auto Rickshaw drivers  but they still need to pay the amount. Day by day the numbers of tempos and Autos have increased along with a demand for radio taxis and therefore, our business is getting affected.’
In such scenarios, if the drivers are caught without a license or breaking traffic norm, he has to pay a heavy fine which is unaffordable to them.

Source: The Times of India | Pune Mirror