Getting back your balance money from auto drivers might not be an issue anymore. Auto-rickshaw commuters will be given a new option of swiping their smart cards after an auto-rickshaw ride instead of paying cash, reports Karthikeyan Hemalatha for The Times of India. The city of Chennai is the initiator of this new rule which will be implemented by the year 2014.
The Chennai Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority has decided to include auto-rickshaws among other modes of transport that can be accessed by smart cards.
Officials said that they want to use this unified system for auto-rickshaws once it begins for other modes of transit. “We do not expect to implement the smart card system for auto-rickshaws immediately because drivers are in the process of switching over to electronic meters,” an official of the transport department told TOI. “We will include auto-rickshaws under the single payment umbrella once other transport services adopt the method.”