HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Despite the recent crackdown on unscrupulous cabbies in the Kathmandu Valley, commuters continue to be at the receiving end. It’s been three weeks since a joint monitoring team of Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD), Nepal Bureau of Standards & Metrology (NBSM), the Kathmandu Metropolitan City and other stakeholders launched an operation against taxis with tampered meters.
The crackdown follows commuters’ complaints that they have to shell out extra every time they board a taxi.
According to MTPD statistics, as many as 566 taxis were caught on the wrong side of the law and were subsequently impounded for further legal proceedings.
Authorities have been taking action against taxis running without meter, with defunct meter, with tampered meter and refusing to turn on meter for short distances. Cabbies tampering meter to overcharge passengers topped the offence chart with 264. Cases related to meter tampering have been sent to NBSM for further investigation.
A taxi running with a tampered meter will have to pay a fine of Rs 5,000 after a warning in the first instance to fix the meter.
The crackdown is aimed at checking fraudulent acts and to deter cabbies from overcharging customers, MTPD said.
“The crackdown will continue until and unless the cabbies correct themselves,” DSP Pawan Giri, MTPD spokesperson said.