Unfair Fares: New System Soon Promises MVD
On Jan 17, 2015
|Trivandrum: The motor vehicle department is all set to revise tariffs for prepaid auto rickshaws in the city. The ones running with improper meters will soon have to get their fare meters calibrated by the legal metrology department (LMD) as per the latest fare revision.
This time, LMD will not only cover auto rickshaws in the city but will also bring the revision to private taxi cabs. Apart from taxis, the city also has quadricycles, which offer more carriage in the same fare as that of auto rickshaw. This will also have separate fares.
The audit is supposed to be done as quickly as possible and all the cabs will have to undergo calibration process. LMD has planned such a sudden action since they were receiving complaints from various corners regarding the unfair fares. In case a violation is found, anyone can file a complaint either with the traffic police or the LMD. The vehicle will be seized and owners or drivers penalized.
As per the previous government order, motor cabs with seating capacity of less than seven people and having cubic capacity below 1500cc can charge Rs.12 per km subject to a minimum of Rs.150 up to 5 km. The minimum charge of motor cabs above 1500cc and seating capacity of less than seven people is Rs.150 for 5 km and Rs.15 for every additional kilometre.
The whole process expected to be completed within two months. However, with fuel prices changing frequently, the MVD would continue to face similar challenges.