Delhi

Govt. discontinues road test for autorickshaw drivers

Auto drivers had complained about being charged exorbitant prices by manufacturers, repairers and dealers of fare meters for the upgradation of software.

Auto drivers had complained about being charged exorbitant prices by manufacturers, repairers and dealers of fare meters for the upgradation of software.   | Photo Credit: SHIV KUMAR PUSHPAKAR

Kejriwal asks Imran Hussain to hold meeting to simplify procedure for recalibration of fare meters

Consumer Affairs and Legal Metrology Department Minister Imran Hussain on Wednesday announced the discontinuance of the practice of road try test for autorickshaws drivers after recalibration of auto fare meters.

The Delhi government statement mentioned that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had directed him to hold a consultation meeting with all stakeholders to simplify the procedure for recalibration of auto fare meters, Mr. Hussain said.

“This initiative of the Kejriwal government will benefit the autorickshaw drivers as well as the commuters, as recalibration will be done faster, which will also save cost and time,” the statement said.

The Delhi government had recently revised auto fares which has necessitated the recalibration of auto fare meters after upgradation of their software.

The process of recalibration of auto fare meters is about to start shortly, the government said.

Exorbitant prices

According to Mr. Hussain, autorickshaw drivers had complained about being charged exorbitant prices by manufacturers, repairers and dealers of fare meters for the upgradation of software.

“The Minister announced that for providing relief and succour to autorickshaw drivers, an advisory has been issued to the manufacturers, repairers and dealers of fare meters for not charging more than ₹400 per meter plus applicable GST for undertaking software upgradation post revision of auto fares,” the statement said.

Previously, the statement added, after recalibration and initial verification by the Weights & Measures Department, which has now been renamed Legal Metrology, in its laboratory at Wazirpur, auto drivers had to go for the road try test at Rewla Khanpur in Najafgarh.

‘Inconvenient test’

According to the government, autorickshaw drivers were finding the road try test at Najafgarh inconvenient and it was also causing them loss of a day’s earning.

They were requesting for making the recalibration process smooth and convenient by conducting the test at a central location.

Re-examine proposal

“After convening several high-level meetings and discussing the issue, the Legal Metrology Department of Delhi was directed to re-examine the proposal in totality...after examining the legal provisions of Legal Metrology Act and in consultation with the Department of Consumers Affairs, government of India, it has decided to discontinue road try test which was proving to be inconvenient to autorickshaw drivers,” the statement said.

The Department will, from now on, issue verification certificate after carrying out Simulated Road Test Method in the laboratory of the Department.

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