The state government has issued a fare chart for taxis incorporating ‘make, model and cubic capacity’ of vehicle, a move that will pave the way for integrated digital meters to be installed in taxis.
The transport department has not changed the fares but incorporated engine capacity of motor cabs and categorised them into hatchback, saloon/sedan, SUV regular, SUV/MPV (passenger) premium and premium cab along with a fare which is prerequisite to calibrate meters with vehicle make and model.
The government is expecting a big shift in demand towards hired taxi service with a greater transparency in digital fare system and other safety devise fitted in taxis. The department will announce the schedule next week to roll out the integrated digital meter unit comprising an automated vehicle tracking device, fare meter with printer and panic button integrated with overhead display board to be installed in around 26,000 registered taxis that will instill confidence and trust in travellers and reduce arguments over fare charged.
The entire unit for taxi operators will cost Rs 11,234 with free warranty for a period of 1 year and, thereafter, Rs 3,415 will be charged under annual maintenance contract.
Rosemerta Autotech Pvt Ltd, that got selected to install the devises, will be responsible for assembling, wiring, installation and cabling of digital meters with printer, GPS device and panic button along with overhead display in passenger taxis. However, the vendor will be given six months’ time to hire service engineers and procure required material for fitment of devices while transport department will identify the space for the ‘installation and service centre’ of electronic digital fare meter in all 12 RTO jurisdictions located across the state of Goa.
A suitable control mechanism has been established for the data transfer from vehicle location tracking (VLT) to backend control centre, and only the authorised devices will be able to transfer data to the backend control centre and a mechanism for authenticating the devices/SIMs are also put in place.
In addition, the meters supplied will transfer the passenger taxi movement data on a periodical basis to the CTRS (central tracking response system) application developed by GEL and installed at SDC (state data centre), through GPRS and GPS devices. This data will be accessed through a web based application namely CTRS from the nominated control rooms, that is, the nearest police station, the police control room and the MHA control room.
The decision on implementation of fitment of integrated device was taken following a petition moved by the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa seeking directions over installation of digital fare meters in tourist taxis.