High fares and no meters: Drive against taxis and rickshaws announced

KARACHI: After the drive against licence violation, traffic authorities on Thursday announced another drive in collaberation with Sindh Transport Department against taxis and rickshaws drivers with no meters, who are involved in overcharging commuters in the metropolis.

It would be mandatory for all taxis to ensure installation of taximeters from tomorrow so that commuters could be fairly charged as per their meters’ reading, said DIG Traffic Karachi Dr Amir Ahmed Shaikh.

DIG said they had already written an official letter to Sindh Transport Department’s Secretary Taha Farooqui to issue taximeters and rickshawmeters to all vehicles so that these vehicles could be stopped for overcharging Karachiities.

Dr Amir said in the first phase action would be taken against taxis running without meters and overcharging public. It was also said that some vehicles have taximeters and when asked to start, they deny by saying that their meters are faulty. He said there is dire need to take action against those illigal vehicles in the city as every morning commuters are seen fighting with taxi drivers on fare charges.

DIG said there is a rule for taxi drivers to charge commuters as per the fare list issued by Sindh Transport Department but they were seen violating the rule. He said he had directed officials to take stern action against them as per the law.