A Solution for Rickshaw Touts...

#31 Oct 15th, 2006, 23:00
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The Chennai one's do try to overcharge local Indians! Not by double or treble, like they might try on if they pick you up from a five-star, or some drivers just seem to say 'Rs100' to foreigners (I told the last guy who said that to me that I was going to look for an honest driver, and wouldn't take him even when he offered Rs25...).

But they will ask 100 for a 70 fare, or 70 for a 50.

And the Central Station drivers are utterly ruthless, regardless of the colour of your skin or the language you speak.

Oddly, when I moved to this area I used to get good deals from my auto stand. When Mrs N moved in, they started charging her more than me. Now, a year later, they try to overcharge both of us
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i hate rikshaw people in pune...really they are rude and cheat nw comers like any thing...why the government take an action for this ? why cant they start a 6 seaters aggressively so there will be a healthy competion between these people and they become more honest and polite...as these people are earning like anything by cheating people...they have developed a loose tongue and arrogent behaviours.....this is very bad.....as i am a decent guy i could not argue with a rilhsw cheater when he manupulated with the metre....when i questioned about that he simply started abucing..i got down of that and caught another rikshaw...still he was continuing the bad words while i was going...even i scolded him back and left the place...but it ruined my mood for few hours...and another i saw a guy riding his car about to hit a autoo...there was a mistake of both but when that guy raised his voice....the rikshaw driver and his friend in the rikshaw got down and tried to beat that guy some how he escaped that but they damaged his car bit....which would cost him around thousand bucks......how coem these people have got so arrogant behavious..if its like this for locals...what about for poor foreigner? why this governement take some action and rectify the problem in a smart way?hope one it will happen...
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I had a hopeful experience in Bangalore. A rickshaw driver had just quoted me a ridiculous price for a trip to the airport. I was arguing with him and a porter who was also trying to soak me when a cop pulled up on his motorcycle, asked me what the rickshaw driver was asking for rhe trip. He had a loud interchange with the rickshaw driver, made him turn on his meter and hauled out his stick and whacked the porter.The rickshaw driver was telling other rickshaw drivers about it all across town. I can only imagine what they were saying. Too bad there is no consistant law enforcement of this type in other places.
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Should you always give the opportunity to make a second offer or should you just walk on to the next guy if the first one asks too high a price? I imagine there's plenty of choice.
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Ricshaws tend to congregate on corners. It's not usually all that hard to get them to start bidding against each other for the trip. They will all gather to see what the foreigner is doing. This is the advantage you have if you walk to the stand rather than flagging one down on the street. Doesn't work as well in Goa, those guys have a lot of solidarity with each other.
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...They usualy have solidarity at a stand. They operate a system that is fair to each other: the next guy in line gets the passenger, but also a cartel in which they do not allow undercutting each other.
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yet another victim of rickshaw drivers in Pune ...


This lady got furious on getting to know the fare he charged for their ride...


"What the hell!!! Your fare defies my senses. It is absolutely beyond being resonable...do you not have a meter system here??!!??"


The fellow-gentleman-passenger seemed quite polite


"Mister, why do you not go by meter?? The hotel ppl said I won't take more that 20 Rs for this ride and you are charging 25Rs. Do you have an explanation for this difference?"


Whoa!! The third fellow-kid-passenger got more furious than the lady and was about the change on the driver




"You jerk!!!! How the [beep] you are asking for so much!! You gone nuts or something!!!! Let me handle you!!!"

But then the lady and the gentleman tried to calm him down



"Hey calm down, dear! No worries! We will take care of him.Alright!"


And finally, after a verbose quarrel of an hour or so they settled down at Rs23.


Their this fight for the appropriate fare did pull some photographers along.... (I doubt about this snap tho)





hmmmm.......the rickshaw drivers are indeed a pain! I see that clearly!
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Originally Posted by snowcrab Doesn't work as well in Goa, those guys have a lot of solidarity with each other.
Haha that reminds me... when I went to Goa I had just come from Jaipur and before this Delhi so I was used to arguing with the drivers. Well I took a local bus from the train stop to whatever than transit town in Goa is called. The bus was inhumanly packed and I could feel little fingers on my back pockets (only time it ever happened to me) so I decided to get an auto rickshaw for the rest of the trip.

I asked the driver how much, and he said 200Rs. I instantly went into my 200!?! bargaining... and all of the drivers in the area started shouting at me, "No, no, that is the right price!"
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Goa taxi drivers and rickshaw wallahs are sharks!! I had a set to with them in Margao station, when a guy I knew offered to take me for free to the town center to pick up a returning Palolem taxi!!

They became very aggressive and threatening towards the guy and to save the guys reputation we had to get out of the taxi and take one of theirs!!!
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At you behest, High Command!
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o and that cooperation....dear! thats more painful than anything with such drivers. Tho they wud fight for their turns but when it comes to such incidents they are like ONE and one can only pity the passenger....it happens in Mumbai, Pune as well...

"sharks" is a good term for such thugs!
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Much appreciated, Amyl

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