Autos also known as tuk-tuk are three-wheeled automobiles best suited for transport in crowded and narrow roads of Chennai.
The colour code of Chennai autos are light yellow and black. They are an efficient way of getting around and seeing large parts of this wonderful city.
Many people residing in Chennai prefer buses and trains but as a tourist, autos, with time, become a convenient mode of transport as they drop you off on the doorstep of your destination.
Auto Tariff System in Chennai
Recently, the new tariff system has been enforced. With the new system in place the tourists and locals, will be given a receipt with the distance traveled and the charge is to be paid as per the tariff. The contract carriage auto rickshaws plying in Chennai metropolitan.
With the increase in crime rate in the country, the state government has recently planned to install the GPS-enabled meters in autos that come with digital printers as well.
This project is estimated to cost them around 80 crores. The meters will also be fixed with panic buttons which passengers can press when they feel they are in danger. The police control room will be alerted and help will be assisted immediately.
Shared Autos in Chennai
The city also has a number of share autos, in which passengers pay a shared fee to their destination. There are more than 1,600 share autos running in the metro. Mostly share autos are Arjun 500, Tata Ace Magic, Ape Piaggio, Mahindra Maxximos in which 8-10 people can travel.
These autos ply in specific routes and the fare are in multiples of 5. These are a preferred mode of transportation for students and working professionals, as they generally ply on fixed route.
They are very flexible, and stop to pick and drop passengers. Moreover, these small structures enable them to travel in the congested and narrow streets of Chennai.
Pre-Paid Autos in Chennai
There are also prepaid autos, which ply from Chennai Central to all parts of the city. You get a fixed charge to pay depending on the area and kilometers that you are going to travel.
These prepaid autos relive you from the hassle of auto drivers who charge exorbitant prices to go to your destination.