'Sorry, I don't know the route'

Dec 21, 2011, 08:20 IST | Team MiDDAY

On day 62 of MiD DAY's Meter Down campaign, errant auto drivers gave silly excuses to justify their refusals for plying short distance passengers

On day 62 of MiD DAY's Meter Down campaign, errant auto drivers gave silly excuses to justify their refusals for plying short distance passengers

Place: Borivli (E)
Time: 10 am-11.30 am
Offenders caught: 5

Commuters speak
Shivram S said, "I have just reached Mumbai after a 14-hour-long journey and have been waiting at the station for the past 15 minutes. Despite observing that I have heavy luggage on me, none of the drivers are interested in plying me."
 
Parth Mehta said, "I'm with my grandparents and want to take them to a hospital for a check up. However, these errant drivers lack courtesy for old people. Despite requesting them, none of the drivers agreed to ferry us."


Beware! A traffic cop warns an auto driver during a routine check.
Pic/ Nimesh DAve


Dharmesh Solanki, who was refused a fare, said, "I am with my family and all of us have heavy bags on us. However, none of the drivers are ready to ferry us to Dahisar."

Bipin Panchmiya, a senior citizen said, "The destination I want to go to, is close by. Despite requesting them (drivers), not a single driver is ready to take pity on an elderly person like me."

Daisy Montero said, "Running behind these arrogant auto drivers is a waste of precious time and energy. They will never change their attitude."

Auto drivers speak
Ramesh Kumar Maurya: "I don't want to go there. Can't you people understand? Even we have personal
work, and I don't feel the need to disclose it to you."

Vidyashankar Jaiswal: "I've been driving since 7.30 am and need some rest. Hence I refused the passenger."

Madan Saw: "By gesticulating, the other rickshaw driver asked me to refuse the fare. Hence I said no to the
passenger."


Show us your badge: Traffic constables penalising an errant auto
driver who refused to ply a senior citizen to a nearby destination.
Pic/ Datta Kumbhar


Shivkumar Sahu: "The vehicle has consumed all the motor oil and is in urgent need of a
refill. Hence I said no to the
passenger."

Mandeo Mande: "I've been driving since early morning and forgot to have my breakfast. I refused the passenger so that I could eat."

Text: Anamika More

Place: Borivli (E)
Time: 10 am-11.30 am
Offenders caught:  5
Commuters speak

Shivram S said, "I have just reached Mumbai after a 14-hour-long journey and have been waiting at the station for the past 15 minutes. Despite observing that I have heavy luggage on me, none of the drivers are interested in plying me."
 
Parth Mehta said, "I'm with my grandparents and want to take them to a hospital for a check up. However, these errant drivers lack courtesy for old people. Despite requesting them, none of the drivers agreed to ferry us."

Dharmesh Solanki, who was refused a fare, said, "I am with my family and all of us have heavy bags on us. However, none of the drivers are ready to ferry us to Dahisar."

Bipin Panchmiya, a senior citizen said, "The destination I want to go to, is close by. Despite requesting them (drivers), not a single driver is ready to take pity on an elderly person like me."

Daisy Montero said, "Running behind these arrogant auto drivers is a waste of precious time and energy. They will never change their attitude."

Auto drivers speak
Ramesh Kumar Maurya: "I don't want to go there. Can't you people understand? Even we have personal
work, and I don't feel the need to disclose it to you."

Vidyashankar Jaiswal: "I've been driving since 7.30 am and need some rest. Hence I refused the passenger."

Madan Saw: "By gesticulating, the other rickshaw driver asked me to refuse the fare. Hence I said no to the
passenger."

Shivkumar Sahu: "The vehicle has consumed all the motor oil and is in urgent need of a refill. Hence I said no to the passenger."

Mandeo Mande: "I've been driving since early morning and forgot to have my breakfast. I refused the passenger so that I could eat."

Text: Anamika More

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