Auto, taxi drivers reluctant to put up tariff cards in vehicles
Even with the state government cracking the whip, most autorickshaw and taxi drivers in the city seem to be in no hurry to put up tariff cards inside their vehicles. Vaishnavi Vasudevan reports.mumbai Updated: Oct 24, 2012 01:34 IST
Even with the state government cracking the whip, most autorickshaw and taxi drivers in the city seem to be in no hurry to put up tariff cards inside their vehicles.
On Tuesday, after visiting several locations, HT found that only one in 20 auto/taxis had displayed the fare card behind the driver's seat.
Following HT's Meter Down campaign, in which it urged the state government to enforce an already existing rule, transport commissioner VN More had last week issued written directives to the regional transport offices (RTO) in the city to ensure that the tariff card was prominently displayed in autos and taxis.
However, at places such as Mulund check naka, Andheri, Sion-Dharavi, Mahim and Bandra, several taxi and auto drivers did not take the rule seriously. While many said they would put it up in a day or two, others were not happy with the rule.
"There is no point in putting up these cards. Children will tear or spoil it," said an auto driver.
While some are still unaware of the rule, others said there was no need to rush as "the rule has come into effect just this week".
However, unions said they were trying to get the cards put up. "We are urging rickshaw drivers to display tariff cards behind their seats. It will soon be visible inside most of the rickshaws," said Thampi Kurian, Mumbai Rickshawmen's Union.
Commuters feel it is important to insist that taxi and auto drivers display the cards. "In the morning, I told a rickshaw driver that I would complain in the RTO if he did not put up the card. He started to plead and agreed to put it up by evening," said Alok Kamath, a Mulund resident.
Vikas Pandkar, RTO, eastern suburbs, said, "We are conducting checks to ensure that the drivers abide by the law. We are also trying to ensure maximum recalibration of meters and convert mechanical ones to e-meters so the issue is resolved permanently."