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Autos, taxis without recalibrated meters can’t ply

Prajakta Chavan Rane, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, December 09, 2012
First Published: 01:39 IST(9/12/2012) | Last Updated: 01:41 IST(9/12/2012)

If you are travelling in an autorickshaw, taxi or a cool cab with an e-meter displaying old fare, you can lodge a complain at the regional transport offices (RTOs).

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Even though the RTOs have extended the deadline for recalibrating of auto, taxi and cool cab meters, drivers are not permitted to ply unless they get their e-meters corrected.

“The drivers are barred from doing business without getting their e-meters recalibrated. If they are found playing with e-meters showing old readings, we will detain their vehicles for two days. They will also be penalised Rs. 600,” Madhukar Jadhav, regional transport officer, Tardeo, told HT on Saturday.

All three RTOs in the city are conducting a drive to stop auto and taxi drivers from plying with meters showing old fares. On Friday, the Tardeo RTO detained three such vehicles, while the Andheri RTO registered cases against 10 drivers.

The state government on Friday had extended the deadline for recalibration of auto and taxi meters in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.

Following the last fare hike, auto and taxi meters in the region were to be recalibrated by November 24. The deadline for recalibration was extended to December 15 for e-meters and January 31 for mechanical meters.

“Commuters are requested to file complaints on our helpline in case they notice any violation. The vehicle owner will be served a show-cause notice and the further process will follow. In case of taxis, the commuters should also ask for a printed receipt,” said Jadhav.

AL Quadros, general secretary of the Mumbai Taximen’s Union, protested the directive. “How can they stop us from doing business when they have extended the deadline,” he said.


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