More than 2000 taxis queued up at Tardeo Regional Transport office (RTO) on Monday morning to get their e-meters calibrated at the Wadala-based testing track. This resulted in a chaos at the track and added to the traffic chaos at the road as well.
According to sources, the taxi drivers turned up in large numbers thinking that September-end was the deadline to get their meters calibrated. They thought that if they missed the deadline, they would have to pay fines daily.
The scenario turned chaotic when the RTO inspectors announced that they would test the e-meters of only 200 taxis.
AL Quadros, leader of Mumbai Taximens Union, one of the biggest taxi unions in the city said that the taxi drivers protested the on-duty RTO inspectors’ decision fearing that if they failed to get e-meters tested before the month end, it will lead to heavy penalty for them.
“Officials from the Andheri RTO had written a letter to metre repairers directing them to recalibrate e-meters in all the taxis and autos before September end. The letter had threatened that a fine of Rs 1000 per day would be levied to cabbies and auto rickshaw drivers, if they were found without recalibrated meters. This led to panic among the drivers,” said Quadraos.
Tardeo RTO Govind Saindane was not available for the comment but another official said the large number of taxis had approached for metre test as there was a two-day gap due to weekend. “We have resolved the issue by giving the taxi drivers appointments in the following days,” said the RTO official, requesting anonymity.
For taxis and auto rickshaws, e-meters are necessary at the time of renewing vehicle fitness that certifies that vehicle is worthy of running on roads.