The Metrology, Conformity Assessment, Innovation and Technology Agency of the State of Tocantins (AEM-TO) announces that taxi drivers in Palmas must carry out, by November 23rd, the annual periodic check of taximeters, measuring instruments installed in taxis and which must undergo annual measurement.
In order for taxi licensees to legally carry out their professional activities, it is essential that taxi drivers have their documentation and vehicle in accordance with the legislation of the National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro).
In this sense, the Metrology Agency, as a delegated body of Inmetro, reinforces that more than being mandatory, the Conformity Seal that is installed after verification is a guarantee for both parties: taxi drivers and consumers, that the commercial relationship is being done as seriously as possible.
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The president of the Agency, Grazielly Oliveira, highlights that throughout the year many professionals have already contacted the agency. According to her, “permission holders who have spontaneously searched for a service that is mandatory demonstrate respect for the consumer and commitment to professional performance”, points out the manager.
Palmas taxi fleet
Currently, in the capital of Tocantins, around 170 licensees are accredited to work as taxi drivers in the municipality. Of this amount, more than half of taxi drivers have already contacted the Metrology Agency, spontaneously, to carry out the mandatory annual check.
The State Metrology Instruments team is available to welcome taxi drivers for the Annual Periodic Check of Taximeters and the installation of the Inmetro Conformity Seal.
For the taxi to operate legally, licensees must contact the headquarters of the Metrology Agency in Palmas, which is located at Quadra 602 Sul – Avenida Teotônio Segurado, from Monday to Friday, from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm.
Importance for the consumer
Verification is extremely important for both the permit holder and the user. “For the passenger, verification guarantees the veracity of the amount being charged on the taximeter and for the taxi driver it eliminates the use of price lists, ensuring greater confidence in the service provided”, reinforces the president of the Metrology Agency.
It is worth mentioning that users should always pay attention to the seal, which, in yellow, means that the instruments are checked and ready for circulation. The blue seal means that the measurement was taken and that there is a maximum period of 10 days for the taximeter to be regularized.
To travel, taxis must have a sealed taximeter and the Inmetro verification seal. Taxi users must pay attention to where the taximeter is installed – a visible location with no obstacles that could interfere with seeing the markings.
Verification is much more than installing the Seal
Technicians from the Metrology Agency carry out metrological verification tests, in which they assess the general condition of the car and install the seal, which ensures that the vehicle has passed all necessary assessments.
It is important to highlight that to travel, taxis must have a sealed taximeter and the Inmetro verification seal.
“During the verification, we installed a stopwatch on the test track and measured the necessary checks”, informs metrological technician Luís Fernando. In addition, the general condition of the vehicle is also observed, such as the tire rim and all documentation relating to the previous year.
For the president of the department Grazielly Oliveira, “with the taximeters verified, the working conditions are legal and guarantee the end consumer the use of services certified by certification. It is also the mission of metrology to stop unfair competition and ensure the quality of service to society”, reinforces the agency’s manager.