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Panel to ensure smooth ride during meter recalibration

The state transport authority decided on Friday to form an internal committee to address operational issues that may arise during recalibration of autorickshaw and taxi meters after the new fares came into effect recently.

Written by Express News Service | Published: October 20, 2012 12:37 am

The state transport authority decided on Friday to form an internal committee to address operational issues that may arise during recalibration of autorickshaw and taxi meters after the new fares came into effect recently.

The nine-member committee of officials from regional transport authorities,autorickshaw and taxi unions and Mumbai Grahak Panchayat,a consumer forum,will meet as and when required.

It will suggest improvement in the system of distribution and display of tariff cards,ensuring autorickshaw and taxi drivers do not fleece commuters and making sure commuters easily recognise recalibrated meters.

“Looking at the sheer number of autorickshaws and taxis plying,the task of recalibration is massive. But it is important to get it done within the 45-day limit from the day of the hike as prescribed in the government order,” V N More,transport commissioner,said.

“To ensure the work of meter recalibration is smooth and speedy,the transport department organised meetings of meter manufacturers,meter repair shops and meter-testing institutes,but there may still be some glitches in the process,” he said.

Autorickshaw and taxi unions had demanded the state conduct camps for meter recalibration where manufacturers,repairing agencies and testing institutes are present under one roof.

However,the transport department is finding it difficult to get land for such a camp.

“We will need at least 2 km of unhindered access on a road,which is not available. Any such recalibration camp of more than 50,000 vehicles will create chaos and lead to traffic jams,” More said.

Separately,the transport department declared fare per passenger for share taxi and autorickshaw routes. The rates are available on http://www.mahatranscom.in.

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