Drivers of autorickshaws plying in the city should mandatorily use fare meters from March 15 and charge passengers as per the prescribed rate, District Collector P.G. Thomas has said.

Violation of the directive will invite action against drivers, he said. By May 1, all autorickshaws plying in the city should be painted yellow and carry new city permit numbers.

City permit

Applications for the city permit would be received at the City Traffic Police Station till March 30. The new city permit numbers would be issued from April 10. All autorickshaws should prominently display the notice informing passengers that any complaint about fare or behaviour on the part of the auto driver could be lodged with a complaints cell. The notice should also display the telephone number of the complaints cell. These decisions were taken at a meeting chaired by Mr. Thomas on Thursday.

The meeting was attended by officers of the district administration, Police, Transport, and Legal Metrology Departments, and autorickshaw union leaders.