In a bid to prevent tampering of electronic meters in autorickshaws, transport authorities have issued directives that only authorised dealers can sell e-meters.
For sale or installation of electronic meters in autorickshaw and taxis, vendors need to have a valid trade certificate, according to the transport department. It also specifies that if anyone is selling or installing e-meters without trade certificate it will be considered indulging in illegal activity.
"The reason for this decision is to avoid tampering of e-meters. A few e-meter tampering cases had come to light a few months back, after which we had unearthed the involvement of some illegal e-meter sellers and repairers," said a senior transport official.
The transport department has also requested all autorickshaw and taxi drivers to install e-meters from authorised dealers e-meter manufactures, which have a valid trade certificate. There are 16 authorised e-meter manufacturers in the state.
Even the regional transport offices (RTOs) across the state have been directed not to accept e-meters fitted by unauthorised sellers.
"There were many complaints from meter repairers and unions about unauthorised e-meter shops. They had even complained that e-meters were being sold at pan shops," added the official.
The transport department has made e-meters mandatory for autorickshaws in the city since April. They need to install it at the time of renewal of the fitness certificate. However, in case of taxis, only newly registered taxis are being fitted with e-meters.
According to a transport department source, till the end of July, there were around 20,000 autorickshaws fitted with e-meters in the city. The number of taxis fitted with e-meters is around 25,000.
However, the Hakim panel has recommended fitting e-meters in all autorickshaws and taxis before the end of 2013.
"Even Hakim panel has suggested installing e-meters before April and August 2013 respectively. However, it has given December 2013 as deadline for other parts of the state," an RTO official said.