The chips that will be programmed for autorickshaw and taxi meters to show the new fare have already started to arrive in the city. The first batch of almost 3,000 chips from a leading meter manufacturer reached on Sunday. According to the meter manufacturers, the long weekend had slowed down the process but it is expected to start in full swing from Monday onwards.
Speaking to dna, Rajendra Pillay, partner of the Pune-based Standard Meter Manufacturing Company, said, "We have been ready with the chips since Thursday, but the extended weekend slowed down the process. However, from Monday, the chips will arrive and we believe that if it all goes according to the schedule, we should be able to complete the process in 8 to 10 days."
Thampi Kurien, secretary of the Mumbai Rickshawmen's Union, said that there was some shortage of seals- to ensure that the meter cannot be tampered with once the chip with the new fare configuration is installed and tested by both the meter testing technical colleges and the regional transport offices. " It is important that the RTO does a thorough job and does not show any laxity citing the paucity of time," said Manish Chaturvedi, a Bhandup resident.
As highlighted by dna, there have already been several instances of people being asked to pay the new fare despite their meters not being calibrated. This is something that the Bombay high court had specified- no new fare till meters calibrated- in order to protect passengers from being fleeced.
How does the meter calibration work:
1- The meter is detached from the vehicle and taken to the authorised meter repairers.
2- The repairer installs the programmed chip into the meter and tests it.
3- The meter with the programmed chip is taken to the technical colleges for testing of the meter. It is called bench test.
4- Once certified by the technical college, the meter is reinstalled in the autorickshaw.
4- The autorickshaw is taken to the RTO for a road test where the meter is tested under normal conditions.
5- Once cleared and sealed, the rickshaw can now ply on the streets.