Autorickshaws in Gurgaon will now have to install high-security registration plates. The drive was launched on Tuesday and is part of measures to ensure verification of autorickshaws plying in the city.
Autorickshaws, whether old or new, will be given number plates made of aluminum with a hologram. The number plates will have a number written in laser below the registration number, officials said.
The authorities claimed the new number plates will be visible from a distance of 200 metres and are tamper-free. “We have a scarcity of number plate manufacturers here and most of it gets manufactured in Himachal Pradesh. Also, since it is difficult to pick autorickshaws one by one on roads, we are planning to give them HSRPs when they come to us for their fitness certificate. We plan to complete the process within eight months from now,” T L Satyaprakash, Deputy Commissioner, Gurgaon, said. According to him, the move will ensure all autorickshaws, including shared ones plying in the city, are verified.
On January 9, the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) was instructed by the deputy commissioner to frame a policy within 10 days for regulating autorickshaw fares. According to the RTA, currently 40,000 autorickshaws are plying in Gurgaon. “We have a fair amount of consensus that autorickshaws in Gurgaon must have fare meters. We have already started empanelling autorickshaw meter vendors and the process should be completed by the end of February,” Satyaprakash said.
Elaborating more on the autorickshaw fare policy being worked upon, Amarjeet Singh Gill, secretary, RTA, said the department is planning to create some scales based on kilometres and fixing fares accordingly after which autorickshaws can be challaned if they do not fall in line. “We have sent letters to the Transport department in Chandigarh and awaiting its response. We are still working on a plan that will be more realistic and concrete. Only regulating fares without installation of meters would be unfair,” Gill said.