Petition To Implement Digital Meters in Cabs Filed in Court

To see the implementation of making digital meters compulsory for tourist taxis, the Travel and Tourism Association (TTAG) and Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) went knocking to the High Court (HC). Filing a writ petition to the HC to give direction to the government to implement its decision.

A notification passed by the transport department, in June 2015, stated that it would be mandatory for the 15,000-odd tourist taxis in Goa to install GPS-enabled digital meters. However the decision was kept on hold due to an agitation held by the tourist taxi operators.

The petitioner stated that the implementation of the rules had time and gain been deferred through notification, whereas on November 11, 2016, the government issued a notification keeping in abeyance the implementation of Amended Rule 140.

Goa Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Rules, 2015 requires motor cabs to be fitted with fare meters. “Every motor cab plying in the State of Goa shall be fitted with a fare meter of digital type with printer and Global positing system (GPS) tracking device approved by the State Transport Authority from the date of notification.” The rules were notified on December 4, 2015.

Submitting also in the petition that TTAG members had approached the government requesting it to implement the rules in the interest of tourism in Goa. Adding that keeping the amended Rule 140 in abeyance is not only illegal and without authority of the law, but it will also perpetuate the damage already caused to industries in Goa by its delayed enforcement.

This action of the government, petitioners pointed out “was wholly illegal, arbitrary, unjustified, unreasonable, bad in law, perverse and unconstitutional as the same is in direct contravention of Article 14 of the Constitution of India.” – TOI

The petitioners comprise of the businessmen and traders of Goa, who are affected majorly by the non-implementation of the amended Rule 140. The non-implementation is a great inconvenience for visitors, whether tourists or traders, to commute unless they use motor cabs/taxis, which are operated in an unprofessional manner and charge exorbitant fees.