1.There are 90k auto rickshaw permits in Delhi and new ones are not being issued.
2.One auto rickshaw driver who owns the auto-rickshaw,earns on an average Rs25k per month.
3. Some auto rickshaw drivers rent out theirs for night shift @250 per night + 50%of cost of maintenance.
4.An auto rickshaw from outside Delhi is fined Rs 5k as soon as he enters Delhi. Vice versa is not true.
5. The permit can be sold for upwards of Rs 3lakhs which together with the cost of vehicle at about Rs 1.25 lakh results in on road price of about Rs 4.25 lakhs.
6. The permit regime for Cars is liberal making it practically cheaper to have a Car on road than rickshaw.
7. The per km fare of rickshaw is Rs 4.5 and the auto rickshaw unions will shortly stage a strike to demand an increase. An average Car gives a mileage of 12km per liter and a liter of Petrol costs about Rs 50. So running cost per km are about Rs 4. But Car can accommodate 4-5 people, hence at maximum utilisation auto rickshaw is about 50% more expensive.
8. Due to the latest fare policy, per which public transport costs Rs 1-2 per Km, some people are reverting to use of auto rickshaws when travelling in groups. These people might eventually shift to personal vehicles. The expanded network of Delhi Metro may reverse some of that but cannot decisively arrest this trend.
Blessed thus by Delhi government, Cabs services in Delhi are going to grow a lot. After all ,Delhi has to become a 'global' city. Tata Nano, the new Rs 1 lakh car can only make the matters more interesting. Tatas were once asked to take over Delhi transport corporation. This might as well be the route they agreed to.