There were many complaints on auto-rickshaw drivers for manipulating and changing the regular fare meters. That is why digital fare meters were introduced about 3 years ago.
According to Traffic Police Additional Commissioner of Hyderabad, there are different methods which are followed by auto drivers to manipulate the digital fare meters.
However, passengers can still find out if the fare meter is manipulated, easily. If there are any extra wires or switches in the vehicle connected to the fare meter and a switch near driver’s feet or by the side of the engine, or the accelerator – it hints the manipulation of the meter. When the driver presses the switch or accelerates, it increases the speed of the fare meter.
According to the rule 269 of Andhra Pradesh Motor Vehicle rules, 1989, auto drivers should display a board of particulars. inside every vehicle. Such board should contain details of the owner, vehicle number and contact numbers of the traffic police 9010203626 or 040 27852482, 27852471. And this board should be placed at back side of the driver’s seat.
Source: The Hindu