‘Get faulty meters fixed in 10 days’
The Wadala Regional Transport Office (RTO) has given rickshaw unions 10 days to fix their tampered meters. Pooja Domadi reports.mumbai Updated: Sep 25, 2011 00:43 IST
The Wadala Regional Transport Office (RTO) has given rickshaw unions 10 days to fix their tampered meters.
“The crackdown by the Andheri RTO has had a huge impact and we have got reports that many rickshaw drivers are getting their meters fixed. So we want to give the drivers at Wadala a chance to get their meters fixed,” said a senior RTO official from Wadala on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media.
The Andheri RTO inspected 150 autorickshaws out which of which 97 were found to be tampered with. The autorickshaw drivers went on a strike for over two days after the crack down by the Andheri RTO.
“If we continue the crackdown, rickshaw drivers may strike again,” said the official. “Our ultimate motive is to get tamper free meters. If we give them 10 days time, they will not have any excuse for having a tampered meter.”
The crackdown is expected to start in the first week of October in the eastern suburbs. “We have given a clear message to all the major unions in the meeting held with them on Friday. Even after these 10 days, if we find rigged meters, the drivers’ licences and permits will be suspended for 10 days. They will be fined Rs 500 and will not be allowed to ply their rickshaws,” added the official.
The rickshaw will also be confiscated for 10 days. “The rickshaw drivers will have to give up their earnings for 10 days. So we urge them to fix their meters before the deadline ends,” said the official.
The eastern suburbs have 53 meter repair shops authorised by the RTO. Generally, after repairs, the meters are verified by RTO officials and given to the drivers.