We all know the heinous act that took place a few days ago and the repercussions the taxi service had to face. Following the Government's order to ban services of certain app based taxi services in India, the Association of Radio Taxis called upon a conference today. The Association issued a statement saying that their members go by the rules and guidelines issued by the State Transport Departments and their services are safe, reliable and trustworthy.
The Association was represented by all the licensed Radio Taxi members across India, including Mega Cabs, Easy Cabs, Meru Cabs, G cabs (Gurgaon), Chanson Cabs, Yo-Cabs, Sky Cab (Hyderabad), RBTS (Chandigarh), Fab Cab (Chandigarh), and Star Cab (Indore). The association said that for the last 8 years since launch of Radio Taxi Services in different cities in India, all their members have delivered completely Safe, Trustworthy and Reliable services to their customers.
State Transport Departments requires the taxi operators to provide the verification of the drivers, GPRS tracking of all taxis, drivers training for servicing various customer profiles and much more. But the association members are not happy with the technology based taxi providers like Uber, Ola and Taxi for Sure. According to the association, these companies operate taxi services without a valid license from the authorities and violate laws, bringing a bad name to the entire industry.
According to Kunal Lalani, President of Association of Radio Taxis, "all taxi operators have to set up a call centre and ensure that each radio taxi is equipped with a GPS/GPRS tracking device, which must be in constant communication with the Central Control Unit while the vehicle is on duty; that each vehicle display the photograph of the driver and the driver’s license particulars are displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle; that the driver must have a driving license of appropriate category issued by transport authority; and that the driver’s particulars including background verification be done."
He further added that "in the last few months companies like Uber, Ola and Taxi For Sure have started operating taxi services without seeking any licenses from the State Transport Authorities, presenting themselves as Technology companies, following an aggregation model and only placing a mobile application in the car violating all the rules and requirements of the Radio Taxi Scheme under Motor Vehicles Act