RTO to start auto meter testing tracksNews — By The Desk on March 3, 2011 at 11:35 AM
Times of India: A month after announcing the commencement of the drives to check autorickshaw meters, the regional transport office (RTO), Pune, has decided to come up with checking tracks in the city.
In the initial phase, three areas in the city have been identified for the checking tracks, where the drive will be carried out. The tracks will enable on-the-spot checking of auto meters.
According to Chandrakant Kharatmal, RTO, Pune, “the auto meter checking tracks will be taken to all parts of the city in a phased manner. In the first phase, Pune station, Sinhagad Road and Sangamwadi have been identified for the tracks”.
The RTO had announced the drive to check rickshaw meters after receiving several complaints from the commuters about fast and faulty meters.
Kharatmal said the RTO, every week, receives around 100 complaints about poor auto services. Major complaints are about over charging and fast meters. Commuters also complain about rickshaw drivers demanding and charging huge fare, refusing to charge as per meters and refusing services.
“As a first step, we will conduct the drive once a week. We are planning to check around 200 autos every week. Drivers of autorickshaws with faulty meters will have to face action. However, in the initial period of one month, we will not ask the auto drivers to get the meters checked. Special teams will be deployed for the drive, and they will work along with the traffic police department”.
An officer from the RTO said the auto drivers should ensure that the meter seal is intact and not broken. The companies and agencies with authorised licence for fitting and maintenance of the meters will also be held responsible if the meters are found faulty or fast.
Another officer said a meeting of the representatives of such agencies was conducted at the RTO on Tuesday to discuss the issue.