Friday, February 10, 2006

Autorickshaws

Auto rickshaws are motorized three-wheelers. They are common all over India and provide efficient door-to-door transportation. Auto's can also be shared. My record: 10 adults and 1 child!

Travelling by auto shouldn’t cost you more than Rs5/km (+50% at night). Fares are set either by bargaining or by using the meter (the fare is directly linked to the number of kilometres). You might not have the choice. From past experience, I often had to bargain in Delhi while the meter was almost always used in Bangalore.


Avoid being fooled:
-When using the meter, some drivers take the longest possible route to increase the fare.
-Most meters are tampered or defective.
-If you feel you have been fooled, don’t pay directly. Take the auto-number and make sure the driver sees you taking note of it. He will undoubtedly ask you what you are doing. Tell him you plan to call his boss. He might spontaneously reduce his price. It worked for me.

4 comments:

amit said...

Well this was a bit funny Elsie. It seems the resourcefull auto drivers managed to fool you even after a few months stay :-). The fare dont double up in the night they just increase by 50%

-Amit

erasmus-in-india said...

Well, true the rule is +50% and it is usually what i got BUT since IIMB is far from everything some auto-drivers argue that they ll have to come back without passenger. After bargaining with 10 drivers, sometimes, one has to be a bit flexible if he/she doesnt want to sleep on the street ;)

Anonymous said...

DO YOU THINK AUTORIKSHAW KO LEFT SIDE OF THE ROAD PAR HI CHLANA CHAHIYE SIRF OR SIRF LEFT SIDE OR KAHI BHI NAHI JAB UNKI RIGHT SIDE ENTRY HI BAND HAI TO LEFT PAR HI KU NA CHALE SABKI SAFTY UNKI BHI SAFTY ROAD BHI KHALI MILAGA SABKO
JARROORI HAI KYA BEECH MAIN TEEN TANGH KE GHODE KO CHALNA

kerala india said...

OH! Such a nice kids. I usually missing those school days.
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