Regional Transport Officers (RTO) will commence a drive from Monday onwards against those autos operating without a fitness certificate.
Such vehicles’ meters will be checked and if they are found to be tampered, the meters will be confiscated immediately, and the owners will be forced to install e-meters.
“There are around 10, 000 vehicles, which don’t have fitness certificates. If any of these vehicles are found plying on the roads, their meter will be checked and confiscated so that driver or owners are forced to install e-meters,” said Tanaji Chavan, assistant RTO, Wadala.
The Wadala RTO will conduct frequent inspections in areas such as Deonar, Govandi, Mankhurd, Mahul, Vashi Naka and Kurla west / east, wherein there are more autos without proper paper work and tampered meters.
“Every year, we paste stickers on all autos that come to renew their certificates. Depending on the sticker we can judge if the auto has gone for fitness certification. Accordingly, we will inspect the auto and its meter,” added Chavan.
“The drive will start everywhere from Monday, but we have not made any roadmap,” said DV Modak, assistant RTO, Andheri.
The Andheri RTO is not expecting the drive to be effective initially, as most of the drivers and owners have renewed their fitness certificates or have applied for advance fitness certification. In the past week, the number of old vehicles opting for annual fitness certificate tripled.