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In capital polls race, motorists say they are being left behind: ‘Taxis and electric rickshaws go unchecked’

Over the past week, several cars have been implicated for allegedly carrying political advertisements on their vehicle. The modest three-wheeler – and the people who drive it – has been courted by several political parties in the election.

While the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) used cars extensively during its campaign in 2013 and 2015, other parties also ran anti-AAP messages on cars. Recently, Delhi BJP Chairman Manoj Tiwari held a rally with motorists. There are 95,000 registered cars in the city.

For motorists driving around town, however, the main problem is the growing popularity of app-based taxis in the city, which they believe the AAP has failed to tame.

Pawan Kumar (42), who has been driving a car for 13 years, said, “I don’t know if I should vote for AAP or BJP. Congress has done nothing for us. Will a party help us challenge unfair app-based auto and taxi services in the city? »

The Delhi government’s transport department had prepared a draft app-based taxi policy, but it was never adopted. The policy aimed to control price gouging, licensing portals as well as review the number of taxis operating in the city.

Other drivers, meanwhile, hailed the AAP’s decision to scrap the annual fitness fee as well as cut the cost of buying a meter from Rs 12,000 to Rs 6,000. annual physical fitness is mandatory for every auto-rickshaw in the city.

KP Gupta (55), who bought his first car in 1987, said: “Before the AAP came to power, the traffic police imposed heavy fines. Now the police follow strict rules laid down by the Delhi government and the challans are fixed. CM Kejriwal also promised to raise the base rate and did so. Now we can charge people Rs 9-10 per km.

Others expressed their disagreement. They complained that although the government has increased the base fare, it has similarly reduced it for taxis and e-rickshaws. As a result, people prefer to take taxis and electric rickshaws as they are cheaper, they claimed. “The increase in base rate has only reduced our customer base,” Rajinder said.

The drivers demanded a fare syndicate, to help them get a car and provide training. They also looked for easy loans for medical emergencies.