MUMBAI: If you plan to take an auto or a
Tariff cards for autos, taxis and
From March 1, the minimum auto fare for an auto will rise from Rs 18 to Rs 21
From March 1, the minimum fare for a
“The tariff card will help auto and taxi drivers collect revised fares from Day 1. The card will show the distance (in km) and the old (existing) fares corresponding to the new (revised) fares. So, it will be easy to check the meter which is not recalibrated and the equivalent fare in the tariff card,” Dhakne said.
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RTO officials said the tariff card can be used till the meter is recalibrated for any auto or taxi. “To make it simpler and methodical, we have framed a timetable for autos and taxis to arrive at the meter shops and RTOs for the recalibration. For example, vehicles whose registration number ends in ‘0’ will first arrive for recalibration between March 1 and 7. This will be followed by vehicles with digit ‘1’ from March 8 to 14 and ‘2’ from March 15to 21 and so on till the last digit ‘9’ from May 3 to 9,” a senior RTO official said, adding the remaining days in May will be kept for those who are unable to get vehicles during the scheduled slots.
There will be 4.6 lakh autos and 60,000 taxis in MMR going through the meter recalibration and each meter upgradation could cost the driver/owner Rs 700, sources said.
There will be 300 meter repairers who will be deployed to upgrade the meters. This will involve removing seal, installing recalibrated chip supplied by meter manufacturer, bench test of meter by authorised testing agency and fixing of first seal (mostly ITI and polytechnics). Subsequently, there will be fitment of meter to auto/taxi by repairer and production of vehicle before assistant inspector of motor vehicles for actual road test.
The vehicle will be tested on road by an RTO officer for a certain fixed distance and the second seal will be fixed before the meter is used to charge fares.
In wake of the Covid-19 risk and the need for social distancing, RTO officials are gearing to handle the rush for meter recalibration and also field track tests from Monday. “The government will ensure that auto and taxi drivers/owners are not put to risk by limiting the number of people at every meter repairer shop and RTO premises,” said a senior transport official