The legal metrology department is planning to develop a mobile application to inform passengers the auto rickshaw fare in online-taxi model. The trial run of the same has started. They are also considering installing GPS (Global Positioning System) in auto rickshaws for precisely calculating the distance travelled.
When GPS is installed in vehicles, the passengers can directly know the travelled distance and fare through the app. The fare metre will be connected with GPS to inform the fare to those who do not own a smart phone. No malpractice can be done with fare metre.
The authorities can monitor the vehicles connected with GPS. If a control room is set up, the details of all vehicles can be sent to the centralized system from time to time. If the fare metre is not operated, the information will be quickly sent to the control room.
Those who violate the permit also can be traced. In case of complaints, the vehicles can be spotted immediately. Another major benefit is that it helps to ensure safety of women passengers. The disputes regarding the fare can be resolved with the new system.
The legal metrology department said that many start-ups has showed interest in the programme. The government had directed to resolve the complaints regarding the fare with the help of technology.
The Motor Vehicle Department is entrusted with the responsibility to install the metre. The legal metrology department has only the authority to take action against those who commit any malpractice with the metres. The programme will be implemented with the coordination of both departments.
Also the legal validity of fixing the fare via online has to be ensured. The legal metrology department is functioning according to the legal metrology general rule of 2011. The online system has to be embedded in this and the procedures for the same are underway.