Around 90 per cent of the 37,946 auto-rickshaws in the city have installed electronic meters thus meeting the April 30 deadline set by the state government in accordance with Supreme Court directives.
Satisfied with the auto-rickshaw owners response to the drive of converting mechanical meters into electronic meters,Regional Transport Office (RTO) authorities said the crackdown on auto-rickshaws that have not installed electronic meters would not begin immediately. It would,however,start next week.
Meanwhile,auto-rickshaw unions that had sought more time from the state transport department for installation of electronic meters are yet to get any official response from the office of transport commissioner. By the end of the April-30 deadline,33,369 auto-rickshaws have fitted electronic meters. Around 4,500 odd are yet to do it, deputy regional transport officer,SP Dhaygude,said.
RTO authorities are empowered to impose a fine of Rs 2,000 for not installing electronic meters and issue temporary suspension of licence. RTO officials said the strategy to crack down on auto-rickshaws with old meters would be charted out soon. The drive may begin on Thursday.
Speaking with Newsline,Pune City Auto-rickshaw Federation president Baba Shinde said auto-rickshaw unions have not received any response to their formal request sent to the transport commissioner seeking extension of the deadline for conversion to electronic meters. We hope the remaining auto-rickshaw unions will install the new meters soon, he said.