Auto-rickshaws to charge according to fare meters

SRINAGAR: The government on Wednesday ordered all auto-rickshaw owners operating in the state to charge customers only according to the approved fare meters.
An official handout issued here said the Transport Commissioner, who is also Chairman of the State Transport Authority, issued a notification regarding use of legitimate fare meters in passenger auto-rickshaws operating in the state.
The Commissioner, as per the handout, has observed in the notification that some of the passenger auto-rickshaws are “fleecing the commuters” by charging “exorbitant fare” without use of legitimate fare meters certified by the department of Legal Meteorology.
“The Commissioner has enjoined upon all the owners of passenger auto-rickshaws to charge only such rates as have been approved by State Transport Authority, J&K by use of legitimate fare meters, failing which punitive action under central Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and J&K Motor Vehicle Rules 1991. The action includes seizure of auto-rickshaw shall be initiated against the violators without giving any further opportunity,” the handout said.