In its bid to ensure better safety and security to commuters, the registrar of transport authority (RTA) office plans to make high security number plates (HSNPs) and tariff meters mandatory for auto rickshaws. RTA office will not issue fitness certificates to autos which are not fitted with tariff meters and HSNPs if its proposals are accepted by the state government.
Gurgaon deputy commissioner TL Satyaprakash said, “The high security number plate will be made mandatory for auto rickshaws within a month along with the auto fare meters. We are working towards the plan and will implement it soon.”
The move could come as a relief for the thousands of daily commuters in Gurgaon who waste their productive time haggling with auto rickshaw drivers on a daily basis.
“At present we are short of the security number plates, have to get them prepared and the meter policy will be empanelled to the vendors,” said Satyaprakash.
On January 9, the Regional Transport Authority ( RTA), Gurgaon was instructed by the deputy commissioner to frame a policy to regulate auto fares within 10 days. According to the RTA, currently 40,000 autos are plying in Gurgaon.
Amarjit Singh Gill, Secretary, RTA said, “As there is no policy on auto meters, auto drivers charge whatever they feel like without any fear of crackdown by the transport authority or traffic police. Now, we will frame a policy so that the practice of unregulated fares can be curbed.”
Another policy change the administration is working on is to ensure that all autos are registered with the district administration.
“We will tell commuters to use the services of only those autos that are registered. We will also communicate to the municipal corporation and HUDA requesting them to give parking facilities to only these autos,” said an official.
Last year, the former police commissioner of Gurgaon introduced prepaid auto booths at two places (and later extended to three) in a bid to regulate auto fares. For first three kilometers, the commuters are made to pay Rs. 40 at the pre-paid booths against a minimum of Rs. 50 charged by the unregulated autos.