Aiming to provide the public with a safe,comfortable,sophisticated and personalised transport system,the state transport department has introduced the Radio Taxi in 13 cities of the state.
The state government had earlier issued the notification approving the scheme and also amended the UP Motor Vehicles Rules to pave way for its implementation by the State Transport Authority (STA).
The terms and conditions have been prepared by the STA,which is also ready with the detailed guidelines to help interested operators to apply for grant of permits.
Transport Commissioner Rajneesh Gupta said that Radio Taxis,which will be available round-the-clock,will have Global Positioning System (GPS) and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) installed. Among other things,the taxis would have a mobile radio and a first aid box. Passenger fare would be on per kilometer basis with government-specified rates.
The Transport Commissioner said the taxi drivers have undergone training in courteous behaviour with their personal background and credentials verified by the police. Their photograph and the details of the operator company will be displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle for the passengers benefit.