Auto meters fail to click

NEW DELHI JAN. 28. When its comes to hiring a three-wheeler scooter rickshaw (TSR) in the Capital, Delhiites, both commuters and auto-drivers, are finding it hard to break their old habit of negotiating fares. The Delhi Transport Minister, Ajay Maken, today realised this fact during his surprise visits to monitor the Transport Department's drive against errant drivers.

At all three places -- ITO, Supreme Court crossing and Ajmeri Gate side of New Delhi railway station -- he visited during a surprise check, the Minister saw people negotiating fares with TSR-drivers.

Though he caught some TSR-drivers for not using electronic meters, most of them were using it as "they had prior information about Mr. Maken's visit''.

Informing that the drive against non-use of electronic meters began on Saturday when 84 TSRs were challaned out of 4,000 checked, for non-use of meters, Mr. Maken said 80 teams had been deployed at various points all over the Capital for ensuring compliance to meters.

At the three points, Mr Maken visited, over 300 TSRs were checked out of which around 10 were challaned Rs.100 for not using meters. Urging people to ply only by electronic meters and lodge complaints if TSR drivers refused to use them, the Minister warned auto-drivers that their vehicles would be impounded if they failed to adhere to the rules.

``Even if commuters negotiate fares, TSR-drivers should not listen to them and ply by only using meters and if caught it will be they who will be caught for flouting the Government's order,'' he said, adding that the drive would continue till all TSR- drivers started using electronic meters.

The Minister also announced that point-to-point fare charts would be displayed properly at all the inter-state bus terminus and railway stations besides other places and crossing which witness large movement of commuters.

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