All Talk and No Action Monday, August 9, 2010

I look forward to jamming meters on the 12th.

The way Mumbai auto and taxi drivers treat commuters is extremely irritating - refusal to accept fares, improper functioning of meters, et al.

In fact, I have been involved in several run ins myself, and the only way to beat them at their game of cheating is to threaten with a police complaint (if you are lucky to have a station nearby).

Recently, my house maid came down with malaria and had to be admitted to a hospital.

It amazed us when the taxi driver refused to take us within the hospital campus. He thought driving all the way was not a good idea and was perfectly fine with a Malaria infected, drowsy, sickly female walking all the way (~500 metres) in the rain.

I am not sure how successful this campaign will be, or, if there will be even a minuscule dent in the Union's earnings.

Yet, it's high time we made our annoyance clear.

My friends in Delhi and Bengaluru ask me to thank my stars. They have been in fist fights with auto drivers and feel Mumbaikars have it easy.

Yes, I am glad we have a meter system and some semblance of sanity as far as public transportation is concerned.

Yet, that does not confer rights on auto and cab drivers to ill-treat us.

As far as I know, like doctors, these drivers have their own version of a Hippocratic Oath which they need to be reminded about.

You can find more info here.


Siddhesh 'Ravan' Kabe said...

yeah, I am coming to mumbai to cover it...kudos...:D

Check out Holy Cow!!!

allthecrap said...

With current tariff rates, I can hardly use them on any day :(

Btw nice move. Will not take auto if I am not getting late to catch my office bus ;)

All Talk and No Action said...

@ATC - yes, current tariff rates are killing my finances. I have been meaning to get back to buses.. tomorrow seems to be a good way to begin...

And you better leave home on/before time tomorrow :)

mywriterkeeda said...

There is just no way except a boycott. I am also waiting to see how they react once the metro is functional. As of now, its pretty much a loot.

All Talk and No Action said...

@MWK - yes a loot sure. But here, we are also letting them know how annoying they are - working on whims and fancies and being impolite...

magiceye said...

sure hope it works and knocks some sense in those arrogant heads!

Swati said...

The Mumbai autos are a bliss after seeing what Bangalore can do to you!

I like the idea to boycott the autos in Bangalore!!!!

All Talk and No Action said...

@Magiceye - welcome to the blog. I sure hope they suffer a dent in the income tomorrow.

@Swati - Being better isn't enough. Cheating will not do. Hooliganism will have to go too!

I think its a good platform for starters. People in Bangalore could look to hold a similar strike in the coming weeks. Getting media coverage will be easy since Mumbai has already received good support.