Maker and Role
Nishibe Keiki Manufacturing Company Limited, Manufacturer
Taximeter Services Limited, Importers
One of 3 identical taxi meters, brand name NOVEL. Each unit consists of a medium-sized metal box with a plastic front covering a yellow panel. On the top centre the word FARE is printed on a plastic plate which is screwed on. Directly below this is the fare indicated in Dollars and Cents. On the left is a large turning knob which indicates the Tariff as to whether the meter has been HIRED, STOPPED or VACANT. Just below this knob is a toggle switch. A large wind-up key on the front turns in the clockwise direction to wind the mechanism within. At the bottom are 4 windows from left to right: Paid, Total, Trips, Units. Slightly higher up on the right is "Extras". This counter can be reset with the help of a push button just below it. At the base of the meter are 2 bolts and a small cable inlet opening.
Signature/Marks and Type
NISHIBE KEIKI MFG. CO., LTD. TOKYO, JAPAN Printed
Nishibe Keiki Manufacturing Company Limited et al. Taxi Meter [Novel], 1982.777.1. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).