Taking a stern view against autorickshaw drivers who haven’t installed electronic meters yet, the Kalyan Regional Transport Office (RTO) has given a week’s time to auto drivers to install them and has threatened strict action against those who don’t comply with the order.
Kalyan regional transport officer Sanjay Dole on Friday issued a notice to all rickshaw unions in Kalyan, Dombivli and Ulhasnagar. The notice says that from June 11, autos found without e-meters will be fined Rs2,000. The notice has been pasted outside offices of the RTO and rickshaw unions.
“The state government has issued an order, making e-meters in auto rickshaws compulsory, to all RTOs in the Thane and Mumbai region and we are following it. The government has become stringent to bring about more discipline,” said Dole.
However, rickshaw unions have objected to the move and have threatened to agitate.
“No rickshaws from Dombivli to Badlapur run on the meter system. So why is the government trying to force e-meters? We agree that vehicles coming to the RTO for tests must install e-meters, but rickshaws that have already passed the test will not install them. If the RTO tries to force the move, union will strongly agitate,” said Prakash Penkar, president of the rickshaw-taxi union.