You will now be less likely to get into squabbles with taxi drivers over how much fare you have to pay, as most cabbies have started displaying tariff cards inside the vehicles.
In an attempt to deal with commuter complaints and confusion over the fare to be paid following the recent fare hike, the Regional Transport Offices (RTO) on Monday started taking action against autos and taxis for not displaying tariff cards. Even as the crackdown began, the city's largest taxi union also initiated a special drive to ensure that the 41,000 cabs plying on city roads have rate cards displayed.
On day 1 of the drive, the Mumbai Taximen's Union covered more than 500 taxis, putting up laminated tariff cards on the back seat behind the driver's seat, as per the state transport department's order. "We have engaged three to four people for this activity and it will continue for a few more days until all our taxis are covered," said AL Quadros, general secretary of Mumbai Taximen's Union.
The RTOs are not just taking action against auto and taxis that have not displayed rate cards, they are also cracking down on those who are using photocopies of tariff cards. "We are slapping a fine of Rs600 for not displaying tariff cards or for using photocopies," said MB Jadhav from Tardeo RTO.
On the first day of their drive, officials took action against 101 autos and taxis for not displaying tariff cards. The Tardeo RTO booked the highest number of cabs at 43; it also fined 18 cabbies for using photocopies. The Andheri and Wadala RTOs have taken action against 40 and 18 auto drivers respectively for not displaying tariff cards.
The state hiked auto and taxi fares as per the Hakim panel's recommendation on October 11. As it has revised the minimum distance to 1.5 km from 1.6 km and reduced the meter change system to 100 meters, all meters - mechanical and electronic - need to be recalibrated to be able to reflect the new fares in both taxis and autos.
The transport department has set a November 24 deadline for the recalibration of all meters and has issued revised tariff cards that are to be used until the recalibration process is complete.