The state government will not renew after March 31 the permits of taxis that do not have printers attached with their meters.
Government counsel Ashok Banerjee said this to the high court division bench of Chief Justice J.N. Patel and Justice S. Chakrabarti on Friday during the hearing of a PIL on harassment of passengers by taxi drivers.
The lawyer also informed the court that the owners of 22 taxis plying in the city have applied to the motor vehicles’ department for printers. So far, 16 taxis have been provided with the printers.
Nearly 35,000 taxis ply within the Calcutta Metropolitan Area.
The state lawyer said the motor vehicles department had already issued advertisements in city newspapers asking taxi owners to attach printers with meters in their vehicles, complying with an earlier order of the division bench in the same case.