Are you going by an Auto in Bangalore?

You are in a hurry to catch the train. You pack all your stuff and frantically run out in the hope of catching an auto. You come out and see 5 autos standing at the corner. You thank God and ask them – “Majestic chaloge kya??” The Answer is “Rs 200 hoga!!”. “Kya?? It just cost Rs 100 till Majestic”. “Bahut rush hai sir!!”. You move on to the next auto, to try your luck and surprisingly, you have the same conversation “Bahut rush hai sir!!”. Finally you give up and bargain the price to Rs 170 and hope you don’t miss your train.
Sounds more than familiar??
You stand on the road and keep on asking the passing autos for a ride to your destination – if it’s not your day, the autos will not even bother to stop; if you’re a bit lucky they might actually slow down to hear your destination’s name and think for a second( i always wonder if they are calculating their net profit) and then speed away. However if you are more lucky, the auto guy might actually quote you an exorbitant price and then speed away. But if it’s your extremely lucky hour of the day, you might end up getting an auto which is ready to take you to the destination at meter price.
In my six years of existence in Bengaluru, these experiences have been really instrumental in teaching me great virtues – Patience and Tolerance. But at what price??? exorbitant rates, extremely rude behavior and what not ……
After years of feeling used, i set out to find the answer for this misery – was there no government system that could bring these auto guys to justice? As a citizen, how can i express my concern?
This search took me to the Koramangala RTO office (BDA complex) and to my surprise i found that there did exist a government system which i believe 99.99% of Bengaluru is unaware of !!
The System
Note the vehicle number (KA-XX-YY-ZZZZ) and email the details to Based on the prefix XX (for example KA-01), complaint will be sent to one of the ten RTO offices in Bangalore and adjacent taluk areas.
Alternatively, one can also call these offices at the number given below based on the vehicle number prefix and directly lodge a complaint.
Vehicle Prefix (KA-XX) Bangalore location Phone number
KA-01 Koramangala 080-25533525
KA-02 Rajajinagar 080-23324104
KA-03 Indiranagar 080-25254310
KA-04 Yeshwantpur 080-23376039
KA-05 Jayanagar 080-26630989
KA-41 Gyanabharthi 080-28602833
KA-50 Yelahanka 080-28561366
KA-51 Electronic City 080-25735522
KA-52 NeelaMangala 08234-285598
KA-53 KR Puram 080-25617951
Once the complaint is received at the corresponding office, a notice is issued to the address of the vehicle’s registered owner, requiring him/her to turn up at the RTO office within 7 working days. Every RTO has about 10 IMV’s (Inspector of Motor Vehicles) who seize the vehicles which don’t report to the RTO.
The penalty levied from the auto-waalas is rs.100 under section 200.
The various offences among others for which one can lodge a complaint
Refusal to come to destination (Any destination!!!)
Demanding excess fare
Using rough language
Cheat the public, for e.g. taking longer routes.
Faulty Meter
There is also a helpline number – 080-22353785 available Monday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm on which one can call to lodge complaints.
The numbers speak for itself
I was shocked when I found that the Koramangala RTO office received only 5 complaints a month. With over 1,00,000 autos plying on Bangalore roads, shouldn’t it be like 5 complaints a minute?
So, will our impatience always have to take a backseat? Can something be done to improve/compliment the system to make it more effective? Will we get a better platform to raise our voices democratically?

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Satya says:

    Guys this doesn’t work in India, even if you walk in a police station and file an FIR no action will be taken against these rowdy auto drivers forget about calling these helpline numbers.

    Fortunately we have defined the law for everything but unfortunately it’s of no use to anyone.

    So please don’t waste time in calling these numbers or visiting the offices, you will be even more disappointed. The only way you can resolve the issues is by discussing and settling on the spot. Be smart when you catch and auto and follow the tips below:

    1. Always catch a rick with a new meter and don’t catch the ones with old one installed.

    2. Always try and catch new auto rickshaws for a better ride.

    3. Ensure that diver is not drunk.

    4. Always carry plenty of change when catching a rick.

    5. Don’t get into argument with the driver, its of no use.

    6. To help the society ask you driver to slow down and follow the traffic rules, if he is driving too fast or rashly. Don’t become part of the rash driving.

    Remember, these bad auto drivers and rash driving is the result of the greedy and corrupt Bangalore RTO and Bangalore police. They cannot help you at all because they are the ones who have started all this. By the way in Bangalore I don’t see even a single percent of cop-fear among any of the auto drivers.

  2. Abhinaba Basu says:

    I agree… Points noted… 🙂

  3. Vikram says:

    I called up these numbers yesterday and not surprisingly, they refused to take online complaints. It appears, the un-willing police force in Bangalore has found out a new way to evade work and make more money instead – They want you to come down and register a written complain.

    So, you are victimized by one of these unrully Bas##ds in say Bannergatta road, and the registration number points to K R Puram. You are expected to travel across the city and lodge a complaint. Brilliant ways of using the loopholes in law!!!

    I wish the cops and the auto drivers in this city get a befitting fate. When will the educated mass in this city stop tolerating the idiocities of corruption? I guess this is the only place where you get to suffer in the hands of the police – to whom you pay your taxes as salaries and in the hands of non-tax paying hooligans.

  4. I’m impressed, I have to admit. Seldom do I encounter a blog that’s both equally
    educative and amusing, and without a doubt, you’ve hit the nail on the head.
    The problem is something that too few people are speaking intelligently about.
    I am very happy that I stumbled across this during my search for
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