As per the new rates recommended by the Fare Fixation Committee, the fixed fare will be Rs 25 for the primary 1.5 km, against 2 km prior. Travelers will have to pay Rs 9.5 for each ensuing kilometer, up from Rs 8 for every kilometer before.
Autorickshaw drivers structure a sizeable voter base for the AAP, and the party had taken their assistance for their election battle in 2013 and 2014-15.
The last hike in auto fares occurred amid the Sheila Dikshit government in May 2013.
While the night charges — a 25% higher fare between 11 pm and 5 am — and Rs 7.5 per piece of baggage continue as before as previously, holding up charges have increased. According to the new fares, a holding up charge of Rs 0.75 will be charged per minute when the auto is totally stationary or moving at a speed lower than 6 kilometers for each hour.
Delhi government had formed the fare fixation committee in November a year ago and had named 11 individuals to it. “While some auto driver associations had requested a fare hike, it can harm us. We need to compete with taxi aggregators like Ola and Uber and there is no guideline for them. Our huge requests were presenting a running waiting facility, which has been done yet not to the degree we needed… ,” said Inderjeet Sachdeva, member of Aam Aadmi Party auto association.