An auto meter that can't be rigged?! You heard right

Unlike the meters in use now which can be tampered to generate 30-50% more tariff, e-meters are difficult to tamper with and stop operating, displaying an error message if rigged.

FP Staff January 03, 2012 11:46:22 IST
An auto meter that can't be rigged?! You heard right

Heated arguments with the autorickshaw driver over the tampered meter have become an everyday thing for most Mumbaikars who commute via the three-wheeler. What's most annoying is that even though we know we're being cheated we tend to give in sometimes because a) it's early morning and you don't want to start your day with a fight and b) because you have that local train to catch to reach office on time.

However, soon all this is going to be a thing of the past. The Maharashta state transport department is set to issue a government notification making it mandatory for autorickshaws to install electronic meters by January end, reports Hindustan Times.

An auto meter that cant be rigged You heard right

Unlike the meters in use now which can be tampered to generate 30-50% more tariff, e-meters are difficult to tamper with and stop operating, displaying an error message if rigged. Prakash Singh/AFP

The transport department, however, hasn't set a deadline for conversion of all auto meters. Nor is it restructuring the minimum distance from 1.6 km to 1 km which consumer activists have been demanding for a long time now.

Unlike the meters in use now which can be tampered to generate 30-50% more tariff, e-meters are difficult to tamper with and stop operating, displaying an error message if rigged. The e-meters also show the distance travelled and the exact tariff for the same. If this works, this might very well set the precedent for other cities, especially Chennai, we hope.

For how the government intends to go about implementing the plan for both the existing and new autos, read the entire HT article here.

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