The penalty collected by the Regional Transport Offices from auto drivers or owners who tampered with meters in the eastern and western suburbs, crossed Rs 8 lakh on Monday.
This collection is for a single month — December 2011. Though both RTOs didn’t register a single case on Monday, they recovered fines on old memos issued by them.
The Andheri RTO collected a penalty of Rs 13, 400 from five complaints, taking their total penalty collected to Rs 6.41 lakh, while the Wadala RTO recovered around Rs 13,000 on Monday from 12 complaints registered before December 24.
“No drive was conducted on Monday as our staff was busy returning confiscated meters to auto drivers and collecting penalties,” said an official from Andheri RTO, requesting anonymity.
The Andheri RTO sends confiscated auto meters to the Bandra Polytechnic and Thakoor Polytechnic in Kandivli.
The owner or driver has to then submit their permit/licence to redeem the meter, which then has to be repaired and brought back for another check.
“The meter is checked again on the test track and if found abnormal, the driver/owner has to again pay a penalty,” the official explained.
In the current month, both the Andheri and Wadala RTO have booked 651cases, penalised 416 and recovered enforcement revenue of Rs 8.40lakh.
The Wadala RTO that prosecutes errant auto drivers in the magistrate first class court said its revenue had increased.
“We don’t have enough strength to confiscate meters and then recheck them at technical institutes. So, we prosecute auto drivers in a magistrate first class court and there the fine goes up to Rs5,000,” said an official from the Wadala RTO requesting anonymity.