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An auto rickshaw (or auto, for short) seen in Kolkata. These are used in several Indian cities and towns for short distances. They may be on share or fully hired out. Their three wheel maneouverability and comparatively small size make auto drivers very nippy and it is not uncommon to see them squeezing into any/every gap in between lanes to beat traffic congestions. Very often auto drivers estimate clearances to other vehicles erroneously and bump in to other vehicles leading to colourful language on the fly.

 

Traditionally they were painted black and yellow, meaning petrol or diesel. The green ones run on LPG. This Bajaj version wil take 4 passengers in the back and perhaps one on each side of the driver at the front. There are larger versions too, built by other companies.

Auto

An auto rickshaw (or auto, for short) seen in Kolkata. These are used in several Indian cities and towns for short distances. They may be on share or fully hired out. Their three wheel maneouverability and comparatively small size make auto drivers very nippy and it is not uncommon to see them squeezing into any/every gap in between lanes to beat traffic congestions. Very often auto drivers estimate clearances to other vehicles erroneously and bump in to other vehicles leading to colourful language on the fly.

 

Traditionally they were painted black and yellow, meaning petrol or diesel. The green ones run on LPG. This Bajaj version wil take 4 passengers in the back and perhaps one on each side of the driver at the front. There are larger versions too, built by other companies.

comments (11)

I need one of those for cruising around town.
Ayush Basu: You're a naughty one then, Michael wink
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 Aug 2014, 01:31
Very similar to the tuk tuk in Bangkok, Ayush...popular with tourists, but not so much with locals.

I have used Autos in Bangalore, Delhi and Kolkata.
Ayush Basu: I have heard the tuktuks are comparatively expensive, which may explain why they are shunned by the locals.
Did you cut a hole in the tarp to accommodate your head? I had to hunch down by a lot, Ray. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 Aug 2014, 06:43
Fascinating aren't they Ayush: they don't exist in the UK
Ayush Basu: Now I hear there is talk of an electric version, Chris.
They are fascinating vehicles Ayush! I love the vivid colours.
Ayush Basu: This is one of the plain Jane ones, Richard. Some of the others are garishly decorated.
I would love to have a drive of one of these!
Ayush Basu: I can quite understand that feeling Bill, so would I.
Good city transport
Ayush Basu: It certainly provides a great service but there is room for improvement, John.
I notice the straps on the doors to keep the passengers in.
Ayush Basu: Indian vehicles take the left side of the road; passengers board and exit from the left so the right metal bars are to prevent people from accidentally getting out and in the way of over taking traffic.
Like bill I would like to have a go driving one but having seen film of these in action it looks a most unsafe way to travel.
Ayush Basu: Well as far as safety measures go, what you see here is what you will get, Brian. No seatbelts, air bags, etc.
this is a great image Ayush... this auto looks like it has squeezed through too many narrow lanes... it's all beat up and it fits in well beside stall with the tarp roof hanging on the tree....petersmile
Ayush Basu: I believe that the drivers do not own these vehicles, Peter, so they take out the vehicles and drive recklessly as they please and hope that end of the day, the owners do not spot the dents.
I don't think I'd care to trust my safety to one of these!
Ayush Basu: Well as far as safety measures go, what you see here is what you will get, Tom. No seatbelts, air bags, etc. But they do not pick up much speed and there are always passengers getting on and off.
Auto rickshaws look adorable. I wonder how these compare to the sidecar configuration more common where I come from.
Ayush Basu: Are you referring to the Philippine ones? I guess those are more customized ie, a carriage is attached to a motorcycle, whereas these ones come off the factory like this. Thank you for this comment Michael.

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