Kakkanad: An auto driver in Kochi has been asked to do service activities at the general hospital for three days as a punishment for charging high fare from a retired police officer.
The reprimanded auto driver P C Kuriachan would be serving at the hospital from September 25 to 27.
The incident happened on August 23, when the auto driver demanded a fare higher than what appeared on the metre.
The metre showed Rs 28 and the passenger gave him Rs 30. However, the auto driver demanded Rs 40. When the passenger questioned this, the driver began to verbally abuse him.
The passenger filed a complaint to the Regional transport officer (RTO) K Manoj Kumar. An enquiry held by the motor vehicle inspector found the complaint to be authentic. The RTO summoned the auto driver and made it clear that his driving licence would have to be suspended.
However, the officer also told Kuriachan that if he was ready for hospital service, the suspension of the licence can be avoided. The driver agreed to it. The RTO informed the driver that when he turns up with the certificate from the hospital, the procedures for suspending the licence would be stopped.
The driver had requested that he be allowed to do hospital duty after Onam that falls next week.