SUGGESTIONS for the City Taxi Scheme 2016, which seek to regulate the operation of various cab services including app-based ones, will be submitted to the state government by Friday, a transport department said.
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The cumulative list of suggestion and objections received for the scheme could be used to alter major points in the revised draft of the scheme released last month.
Various stakeholders submitted suggestions to the regional transport office, including the kaali-peeli taxi unions and the app-based cab operators themselves. The majority of suggestions pertained to tariff limits and the steep taxi permit charges suggested in the draft scheme.
“Many suggestions were quite repetitive in nature which echoed opposing both upper and lower limits on the fares. They were also against the higher permit costs, uniform color code of the vehicles of cab aggregators and setting the limit on the aggregators who had to run at least 50 per cent of their vehicles above 1,400-CC engine capacity,” said Praveen Gedam, Transport Commissioner.
Taxi and rickshaw unions which also submitted their suggestions were in support of the draft and instead asked for increasing the permit costs of such vehicle owners. “We have divided the suggestions into two halves wherein some are in favour of the points of the scheme, while the rest are opposing it. A lot of consumers of the cab aggregators have told us that they are in favour of the upper cap on the cabs but asked to remove the lower cap. The major objection solely remains on bringing higher permit costs for the vehicle owners who find it very expensive,” he added.
Officials confirmed that a meeting with the government officials is likely to be held by next week wherein all the points of the scheme will be looked into. “It will only be after due consultation with the chief minister, respective officials and transport secretary that the final points of the scheme could be decided. The meeting is most likely to be held in a span of seven-10 days with the concerned government officials where the final scheme would be decided,” added Gedam.
While the officials remained tight-lipped about what could be seen in the final scheme, sources from transport office confirmed that removal of surge pricing, bringing all the cab aggregators under one umbrella of a permit and keeping working hours of the drivers of the cab aggregators flexible are imminent. The City Taxi Scheme 2016 covers more than 30,000 cab aggregators in the city and others operating in the state.