Auto rickshaws without metres booked

SRINAGAR: The government on Monday penalised at least 16 auto rickshaws drivers for “operating without proper fare-metres”.
An official handout issued here said the Legal Metrology Department (LMD), under the supervision of its Deputy Controller, and police carried out a “comprehensive drive” to ensure that the auto rickshaws operating in Srinagar were “duly operating under proper fare-meters”.
“The team conducted about 70 inspections at various places…During the inspections, 16 auto rickshaw drivers were booked…for violation of different section of J&K Weights and Measures Enforcement Act, 1997,” it said.
The drivers were directed to comply with the rules and regulations, he release said.
“They were warned to avoid charging flat rates or otherwise, failing which strict action will be initiated against them as per rules. The department will continue to carry out regular inspections to ensure consumer protection and welfare,” it said.
The government recently announced that it would not allow the commercial three-wheelers to operate without fare-metres.
Meanwhile, LMD Reasi fined several traders for violating rules.
“The department has warned the unscrupulous traders to desist from using unfair trade practices to cheat the innocent consumers and also appealed to the consumers to remain vigilant while purchasing the commodities,” the release said.