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OMR residents call for regulation of share autos
Share autos on Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) have added to the woes of the car users and motorists, as they stop abruptly in the middle of the road to take on more passengers, posing a threat to other vehicles.
Freddy R Sanjana, a resident of Navalur, posted a photograph on Facebook, where he wrote about his close shave with a share auto, that abruptly stopped ahead of him.
Speaking about his experience, Freddy said, “The share autos pose a great threat to motorists and pedestrians, because they stop abruptly on the road, to take on more passengers. Most of these rickshaws are crowded to the brim and are driven rashly.
This means that the vehicles behind them have to be extra careful, failing which there will definitely be an accident. In addition, OMR is terribly unsafe because there are no lanes and people drive whichever way they want to. The safety aspect of the other road users is severely compromised.”
Harsha Koda, a member of Federation of OMR Residential Associations (FOMRRA), added that the share autos, which have increased in number, are indeed a threat to the locality. “Many of these autos take sharp u-turns, forcing the vehicles behind to apply breaks.
These autos often drive on the opposite side at Sholinganallur junction, where they drive rashly. Despite the many transgressions, no authority bothers to correct them,” added the resident of OMR, calling for a regulation of these share autos.