Taxis told to install bill printing system within three months

Published On: August 22, 2017 03:47 AM NPT By: Republica

KATHMANDU, Aug 21: The parliament's Development Committee has directed concerned government agencies to ensure that all meter taxis have bill printing system within three months.

The house panel took the decision following complaints from all quarters that taxi drivers were refusing to go by meters and charging passengers haphazard fares.

The committee has directed the Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology (NBSM) and Metropolitan Traffic Police Division to implement the decision, test the quality of meters and printing devices, and take needful action against taxi drivers who do not abide by the direction. The house panel has also decided to make it mandatory for concerned government agencies to test taxi meters and issue validity certification on a periodic basis. It has directed the NBSM and Metropolitan Traffic Police Division to do the needful by managing necessary technology and human resources.

“The committee directs the agencies concerned to repair or replace non-functional traffic light system within a month,” read the committee's direction.

It has also directed the Department of Transport Management to establish Vehicle Fitness Center in all seven provinces and bring them into operation within a month.

The committee has also directed the NBSM and the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division to provide orientation on quality service to all taxi drivers. It has also told the concerned agencies to arrange a toll-free number where passengers can lodge complaint against taxi drivers who refuse to go by meter.

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