The transport department plans to recalibrate all auto and taxi meters by January 15, and won’t take any leaves till then to make sure they meet the deadline.
If they succeed, you won’t have to carry tariff cards from the New Year to prevent the driver from fleecing you.
The RTOs will be testing meters during the end of the year as well to help in their recalibration efforts.
“We are not taking any leaves till January 15, so meters are recalibrated within the stipulated time. Simultaneously, we are also conducting stringent checks on the taxis with mechanical meters for fitness certificates and those found guilty will be asked to fit the e-meter immediately,” said Madhukar Jadhav, Tardeo’s regional transport officer.
So far, a total of 18,618 of 27,000 taxis have been recalibrated. Of this, 14,801 are taxis with e meters, while 3,217 have had their mechanical meters converted to e-meters. “Currently, over 4,500 taxis with e-meters are yet to be recalibrated and 2,500 taxis with mechanical meters taxis will be fitted with e-meters,” added Jadhav.
On December 20, the Bombay high court directed authorities to recalibrate e-meters by January 15 and said all vehicles with mechanical meters should be fitted with e-meters by February 28.
Even the Andheri RTO is conducting a strict drive against three-wheelers with mechanical meters. “On an average, we are detaining 25 three-wheelers daily on several grounds. We insist that the driver fit e-meters once his vehicle is detained,” said an officer from Andheri RTO as he is not allowed to speak to the media.
Till now, over 70,000 of 90, 000 autos and 8,600 of 14,000 taxis in the suburbs have been recalibrated.