The packed schedule to test all calibrated meters and rush at the meter-repairing establishment, following the announcement of new tariffs for autos and taxis, has brought about a brainwave among a few repairers to cut down on the waiting period.
It has emerged that some authorised repair centres, which are responsible for programming and installing new fare chips in meters, are procuring all-clear certificates from some technical colleges in Pune without allegedly sending the meter physically out of the city.
The rules stipulate that once the new chip is installed, a meter has to be sent to a technical college for testing. After receipt of a certificate from the college, the driver has to get his meter road-tested at the RTO.
While the usual process takes about three to four days, blocking the income for auto and taxi drivers for the period, the work can be done in just a day or two using the Pune shortcut.
Mumbai Rickshawmen's Union chief Thampi Kurian, who has brought this malpractice to the notice of the RTO, said, "It is unfair on all the drivers who are getting their meters tested at city colleges by first paying more and then enduring longer delays. The transport department must take action on this."
Additional Transport Commissioner SNB Sahastrabudhe said that his office had not come across any such case so far.