Following disparities in the tariff being displayed by different electronic meters, the Wadala regional transport office (RTO) has requested the transport department to issue guidelines on clearing e-meters for autorickshaws.
The government has made it mandatory for autos to fit e-meters from April 1, without which no new rickshaw can be registered and the old ones won't get the annual fitness certificate.
RTO officials have found that e-meters of different makes are varying in fares for the same distance. This has happened because one of the manufacturers is using the 'advanced flag system' under which the fare for a particular slab shows at the beginning, instead of the end of the phase.
In fact, the transport department has approved this system. "We have decided to adopt advance flag system in which fare is charged in advance, and have informed manufacturers," said VN More, transport commissioner of state. However, formal directives are yet to be sent to the RTOs. In their absence, the RTOs are not sure whether to adopt this company's meter, or recalibrate other manufacturers' devices.