Former transport secretary PMA Hakim, the one-man committee set to deliberate on a formula for autorickshaw and taxi fare revisions, is expected to be in Mumbai on April 26 and will meet representatives of consumer bodies and passengers’ associations.
Among those present will be a representative of Santacruz Consumer Association. “Our preliminary demand is to convert the mile system into metric system and bring violations like meter tampering under the stringent Weights and Measures Act, instead of Motor Vehicles Act,” said member Sunil Mone.
Currently, three-wheeler and taxi fare across the state is decided as per the Taxi Trade Committee’s formulae, put in place in 1996. Unions have been demanding appointment of a new committee to formulate a new fare structure given that the cost of living and maintaining vehicles has gone up.
Accordingly, the committee was set up to decide fare structure for taxis and autos running on petrol, CNG and LPG, and conversion of mile system (with a 1.6-km as minimum distance) into metric system (with minimum fare chargeable for 1km). It may also decide on a fare structure for share rickshaws and taxis.