Express news service
NEW DELHI: The Delhi government plans to reintroduce the City Taxi Scheme with additional features to group all kinds of radio taxis under one banner. The program was first announced in 2017, but failed to start. The government also plans to cover automatic rickshaws under this program.
Sources said the government would consolidate low-cost radio taxi, taxis, school buses and other services under one platform and operate them as aggregators of private taxis such as Ola and Uber. The transport department is preparing a draft plan, which will be ready in three to four months.
Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot spoke about the program during a live Facebook interaction on June 13. âWe will be implementing the program with additional features soon. The last time it could not be implemented for some reasons. But we are working on it and I hope the program will be launched soon, âhe said.
Sources said that guidelines will be prepared on the number of people that can be accommodated in a taxi, the fare per km and other aspects. An app will also be launched where all vehicles will be added so that people can reserve government registered vehicles.
Several taxi and taxi unions registered in the capital have been calling for this program for a long time. Currently, people use the services of private aggregators due to which other taxi services like âkaali-peeliâ (black and yellow taxis) and radio taxis suffer losses.
“The government should keep the taxi and taxi unions informed,” said Sanjay Samrat, chairman of the Delhi Taxi and Tourist Transport Associations. âCurrently, Ola and Uber are earning the maximum even though there are no guidelines regarding the working hours of taxi drivers. The company declines all responsibility in the event of an undesirable incident. If the government implements the program, taxi drivers will benefit and the safety and security of passengers will be better managed, âSamrat said.
City taxi fleet
6,000 yellow and black taxis
80,000 economy taxis (Ola and Uber, approximately)
2,000 radio taxis (approximately)
20,000 tourist taxis in town