The state government on Friday informed the High Court of Bombay at Goa that the installation of digital meters in tourist taxis will start from August 1.
The Travel and Tourism Association of Goa and others had approached the High Court over the installation of digital meter in tourist taxis.
The state government also told the High Court that the installation of digital meters will be mandatory from August 1 onwards for getting new licence or renewal of licence for tourist taxi.
The installation of digital meters in tourist taxis will be completed in six months period starting from August 1, and as on pilot basis the installation of digital meters in tourist taxis will be done from July 16 to July 31.
The state government made this statement in the petition filed by TTAG and others.
The High Court observed that the controversy concerns provision of digital meters for taxis in the state. Pursuant to what was communicated to the court on the last occasion, the Advocate General confirmed that the state transport authority has approved the minutes referred to in the order dated June 21, 2019. The minutes provide for manner of implementation of automated tracking device with an integrated emergency system and fare meter in passenger taxis. The decision taken by the state transport authority in this behalf, which forms part of these minutes, outlines the manner in which the implementation would be carried out first on pilot basis and later, after finalising the modalities, by installing devices in all motor cabs.
The High Court directed respondents, state of Goa and others that to proceed in accordance with the decisions taken in the meeting and which form part of the minutes.
It was, however, clarified that instead of July 1, 2019 to July 15, 2019, the implementation on pilot basis shall be conducted between July 16, 2019 and July 31, 2019, and installation in cabs on a regular basis shall begin and will be concluded within six months from August 1, 2019.