There are over one lakh autorickshaws plying in the suburbs of Mumbai but the police have recently cancelled the licence of just two owners and
arrested a mechanic who tampered with an e-meter.
What the police should do is to carry out a crackdown on those who fix meters. That should not be very difficult. And the police should be strict about it. Following complaints from passengers, they should immediately act: they should check the auto which has the tampered meter.
The number of the auto must be prominently displayed at the back of the driver’s seat. This will make it easy for the passenger to note down the number. It is becoming clear that even without a big staff, the traffic police can clean up the auto transport.
There are thousands of autos with tampered meters - even e-meters. The situation can be brought under control if the licence of cheating autowallas is cancelled and the mechanics who fix the meters are arrested.
Autowallas who tamper with meters are actually committing a crime: they are cheating passengers. They should be booked on a criminal charge. The RTO must decide on new methods to make autowallas give up their highly dishonest ways.