Recalibration of electronic meters almost complete

As the revised deadline for recalibration ended Tuesday, almost all auto-rickshaws and about 98% of taxis were plying with electronic meters adjusted to the latest tariff, the transport department estimated.

On December 20, Bombay High Court had asked the state government to speed up the process and complete recalibration by Tuesday, January 15.

The transport department also estimates that 80-85 per cent of taxis and auto-rickshaws have switched from mechanical to electronic meters. There are 42,000 taxis and 95,000 auto-rickshaws in the city.

As per a state government notification, auto-rickshaws have time till March 31 and taxis till April 30 to fit electronic meters.

The transport department has, however, advised the transition by January 31.

"Many taxis and auto-rickshaws got electronic meters recalibrated within 45 days of the tariff revision. "The more difficult process was conversion of mechanical meters to electronic meters," said VN More, state transport commissioner.

The process of conversion was more difficult for taxis, particularly old models, as meters had to be customised, he said.

Even then, officials said, only about 10 per cent of taxis were left with mechanical meters, while the percentage was marginally higher for auto-rickshaws.

"We suspect half of these taxis have permits but don't actually ply," said an official.

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