Six Regional Transport Offices (RTO) across the Mumbai Metropolitan region (MMR) will initiate a fresh drive against auto-rickshaws, to catch hold of those drivers who have been delaying getting the annual fitness certificate of their vehicles as it would also mean the compulsory installation of electronic meters.
The RTOs that will conduct the drive include Andheri, Wadala, Vasai, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Pen-Panvel.
As per the state’s decision, electronic meters have been made mandatory for all autos. Old autos are expected to fit the e-meters when they go in to obtain the annual fitness certificate from the RTO.
Till date, around 10,000 autos in Mumbai and Thane have been fitted with e-meters, RTO sources said. “But we have found that many drivers are delaying their autos’ fitness test to avoid the installation of e-meters,” an official said, on condition of anonymity.
“We are going to start a special drive against autos plying without renewing the certificate,” said an official from Thane RTO, requesting anonymity. “Last month, we conducted such a drive and forced e-meters to be fitted into many autos.”
“We have appealed to all auto drivers to install e-meters as soon as possible, if their autos’ annual fitness certificate is due for renewal,” said a senior official from the Navi Mumbai RTO.
According to RTO sources, the high court is monitoring the progress and has asked the state government to file a compliance report by August 1.