The Delhi government Wednesday directed the State Transport Authority (STA) to notify revised auto fares, setting the ground for an 18.75% hike in fares which can be charged by auto drivers who have recalibrated their vehicle’s meter, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said.
Gahlot told The Indian Express: “State government has issued direction to STA. Approval of STA is not required. Upon recalibrating their meters, drivers will be able to charge as per the new fares.”
Sources in the department, however, said that the new rates will come into effect only after the approval of the STA, which is formed under the Motor Vehicle Rules. According to the new auto rates, the fixed fare will be Rs 25 for the first 1.5 km, as against 2 km earlier.
Passengers will have to pay Rs 9.5 for every subsequent kilometre, up from Rs 8 per kilometre in the past. Moreover, Rs 0.75 per minute will be charged for waiting at a traffic junction while Rs 7.50 extra luggage charges have also been effected.