The Thane RTO has provided 50 women with permits to drive auto rickshaws, which will be only for women. Now women in Thane need not worry about travelling late as these rickshaws are exclusive.
Several other RTOs across India has already begun this special service and Thane is not the first. Thane RTO contacted a few NGOs to help them in providing employment for women.
Women auto rickshaw drivers will be provided with special badges and licences. Officials are also planning to provide auto rickshaws with a special colour that will differentiate them.
Harassment of women goes on regularly all over India and police and other authorities are trying to curb this issue. Police and traffic officers are teaming up with auto unions to perform background checks on drivers.
They are planning to provide more women with special permits and a speedy procedure. These auto rickshaws will also be allowed to take only women and can be driven solely by women.