The Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) have revived their drive against errant auto drivers after HT started its Meter Down campaign on Friday, and in the past five days, between July 6 and 10, the RTOs have taken action against 128 auto drivers.
The drivers have been booked for various offences such as tampered meters, driving without proper licence and documents and over-loading, among other things.
Abhay Deshpande, deputy regional transport officer, Wadala RTO, said 110 drivers were checked in the Wadala jurisdiction after HT initiated its campaign, of which 31 drivers were using faulty meters.
“The drivers were booked for several other offences too – 11 drivers were driving without proper licence or documents,” he said.
Rajendra Nerkar, assistant regional transport officer, Andheri RTO said: “Between Friday and Tuesday, we have booked 10 drivers using electronic meters for various offences and 50 drivers with old meters.”
The state transport department has also decided to take stricter action against auto drivers and owners who have fitted tampered meters in the autos. “Now we have decided to register first information reports (FIRs) against auto drivers found to have faulty meters since this is a form of cheating,” transport commissioner VN More told HT.
Till date, of the 95,000 autos that ply in the city, around 30,000 have been fitted with electronic meters.
“Electronic meters are less likely to be tampered with, but no system is foolproof. There are criminal always trying to beat the system so citizens should be more careful,” More said.
More said that despite opposition from unions, the transport department is doing its best to ensure that these meters are installed in all autos.
“Apart from attaining certification from recognised authorities, the department has laid seven to eight conditions for installing electronic meters. They reduce the possibility of tampering,” the transport commissioner said.