A day after the Bombay high court directed transport authorities to strictly implement the installation of e-meters, over 450 autorickshaws in the eastern and western suburbs replaced their mechanical meters with electronic ones.
On Friday, owners of three wheelers were queuing up at their respective Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) from 7am to install the e-meters.
“It is mandatory for autos that are in service to install e-meters when they come to get their annual fitness certificate. Realising that there is no way to avoid it now, drivers and owners are now rushing to fit the new meters,” said an official from Wadala RTO, adding that they fitted 100 autos with e-meters.
In Andheri RTO, 355 three-wheelers were fitted with the new meters. “The e-meters will reduce fleecing of commuters to a great extent and it will result in transparency,” said Bharat Kalaskar, deputy RTO of Andheri.
On Thursday, the state government informed the high court that 1,743 new autos that got registered after March 31 had already been fitted with e-meters.