Unmetered autorickshaws on Noida roads to invite penalty from next week

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Autorickshaws will not be allowed to operate on Noida and Greater Noida roads without meters. Failure to comply with the directive will result in fines, according to officials from the transport department of Gautam Buddh Nagar.

The decision by city authorities comes after receiving several complaints about excessive amounts charged by autorickshaw drivers instead of running on meters. The sanctions would take effect from next week, the Times of India reported.

Noida authorities decided to ban unmetered autorickshaws on city streets at a meeting last week chaired by District Magistrate Suhas L Yathiraj. At the May 13 meeting with ARTO officials and autorickshaw union representatives, it was confirmed that unmetered cars will not be allowed to operate. Additionally, autorickshaws will also require mandatory proficiency certificates

“After the discussion, union officials and drivers asked for a week’s delay and it was assured that within a week the faulty meters would be corrected and those with expired certificates of fitness would get it from the office of the ‘ARTO,’ Deputy Regional Transportation Officer (Administration) AK Pandey was quoted by the PTI news agency.

He added that autorickshaw drivers charging arbitrary fares will be alerted when the practice ends.

Autorickshaw drivers who fail to comply will invite necessary legal action against them or vehicle owners, which will be taken with the help of the police, ARTO added.

In Noida, it is mandatory for autorickshaws to be metered and to charge uniform fares as the practice in neighboring national capital Delhi.

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