CHENNAI: The City Police seized 427 autos in a week’s time between May 24 and May 30, for non compliance of auto meter tariff. The use of meters in autorickshaws were made mandatory following a Supreme Court direction.
The Transport Department, along with the City Police, had been carrying out surprise checks in the city to ensure the compliance of the use of meters and to keep a tab on the auto drivers fleecing passengers.
The drive, which was toned down due to the general elections, was stepped up since May 24 by the
joint teams from Regional Transport Office and the City Police.
Police said that the auto fare was revised by the Transport Department and the same was being enforced by the Traffic Wing of the City Police.
Since the apex court had insisted on meters fixed with Global Positioning System (GPS) to be fitted in the autos, the State had directed the auto drivers to upgrade to digital meters and calibrate their old meters to the revised tariff until new meters were provided.
The City Police had urged the public to SMS their complaints relating to
fleecing to the mobile numbers 9003130103 and 7418503430 with the auto numbers. They assured the public of action against the erring auto drivers.