Happy Hours: Pay less for auto rickshaw ride between 12 pm and 4 pm

The Maharashtra government has passed a government resolution (GR) allowing happy hours for passengers.

Happy Hours: Pay less for auto rickshaw ride between 12 pm and 4 pm

Mumbaikars here's a piece of good news for you. The Maharashtra government recently approved the implementation of "happy hours" for auto rickshaws, slashing the fare prices by 15 per cent between 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. A government resolution was passed for the same which was based on recommendations made by the Khatua panel.

However, the government rejected the four-member panel's recommendation for local kaali peeli cabs and app-based taxis.

The GR also mentions that the maximum fare app-based cabs can charge (on surge) should be no more than three times the base price (₹14.85 per kilometre) of the kaali-peeli cabs (for similar distance). This move was taken by the union to compete with the app-based cabs.

State Transport Authority (STA) has been assigned the job of revising the fare structure for Mumbai and MMR regions. The state government has formed a four-member panel to analyse the report submitted by the previous panel in 2012.

While the happy hours come as a piece of good news for the passengers, the decision has irked autorickshaw drivers and unions. Shashank Rao, the leader of the Mumbai Auto-rickshaw Men's Union said they would oppose the happy hour discount.

Here are some of the accepted recommendations for autorickshaws and kaali-peeli:

  • Mandatory display of LED indicators (to know if the cab is available or not) - this will also offer additional revenue opportunity for drivers.
  • Fare revisions for prepaid cabs at the airport
  • Fare revision for non-app based Cool Cabs
  • Addition cost for using AC in kaali-peeli 
  • Lower fare commuting a longer distance: Reduction in price per-kilometre will be observed if the distance of eight kilometres and above is covered
  • Uniform for drivers of app-based cabs: Sky-blue shirt, black trousers and black shoes.
  • Age limit for autorickshaws and taxis: This has been set to 15 years for autos and nine years for cabs.

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