Police and staff of the Transport department of the state are out at traffic junctions in the Mylapore area to check if auto rickshaw drivers have complied with the new auto meter regime.
Drivers can either recalibrate their meters to comply with the agreed rate of a minimum of Rs.25 or use the old meters and carry a rate card which helps to calculate the rate as per the revision.
Those who have not complied are being charged.
While some Mylaporeans said they were pleased to take autos whose drivers went by the new rates, some others said drivers demanded a charge and moved on if questioned about metered charge.
Visibly, there were fewer autos on the roads on Monday; possibly, some stayed away for fear of being charged for non compliance.