A rickshaw driver in Rajkot has gone a step further to ensure that passengers in his auto maintain social distancing. Aware that if he ferries more than one passengers they may eventually not maintain social distance, the auto driver has installed a partition vertically in the passenger seat of his auto. This will ensure that even if he ferries two passengers, they will not have to touch each other.
It should be noted that under the relaxed norms for Lockdown 4.0, auto rickshaw and cab drivers are allowed to ply their vehicles on the roads except for in containment zones. They are not allowed in Ahmedabad though. But the government has clarified that autos can ferry maximum upto two passengers other than the driver. The passengers will also have to sit on each side of the passenger seat to maintain social distance.
The auto driver in Rajkot said that he had been sitting at home for almost two months now due to the lockdown and was glad of the relaxations as he could earn. He said that he understood the reason why the government had put a limit on the number of passengers and hence decided to install a partition to ensure that the distancing norms are not violated.