I am sure October Meter Jam was successful and the message “Be honest and polite to all your passengers” has reached all the auto operators. Both the Meter Jams were a warning to the erring operators, if you cross the line we will boycott the autos which will hurt you financially. I think it’s time to move on and change our tactics to garner better response from all the operators. Like any other profession, the defaulters are a minority who are bringing a bad name to their occupation. On the other hand there is a silent majority which consists of good and law abiding drivers. We need to recognise their effort and reward them for the good work. This will enthuse them to operate correctly and over a period of time attract the law breakers to turn a new leaf. How do we address this issue?
To start with the Meter Jam can formulate a set of guidelines which recognises the ‘Good Operator’ (GO). We could then have the “GO” of the week or something like that. Give the GO a Meter Jam T - Shirt, a sticker which he can proudly display, claiming membership to “Meter Jam’ club, give wide publicity to this event, encourage the public to patronise such autos and so on. On these occasions we must try and bring in other stake holders such as the Police, RTO, Auto Drivers Association (They are a bunch of good people – they were very helpful in recovering a misplaced laptop on one occasion and set of important documents in another instance)
We could adopt a carrot and stick policy – in tandem.
May be the jammers will give a serious thought to this proposal.