The state transport department’s draft city taxi scheme published on August 29 had taken into consideration local issues and has provisions in addition to guidelines that the Union government had come up on October 8, the department said Tuesday. The city taxi scheme aims to create a level playing field for black-and-yellow taxis, fleet taxis and aggregators.
The new draft rule stipulates that the permit holder will have to fit GPS device in the vehicle (and not just GPS on mobile). “No person will act as an aggregator unless registered with the transport department,” say the rules, referred to as Maharashtra Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Rules, 2015 draft notification. The rules also demand installation of a panic button, bills to be generated through printers, and drivers to have uniforms.
The transport department has called for suggestions and objections on the draft scheme which can be sent till October 31.