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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Radio cabs to vroom in Lucknow, 12 other cities in UP

Gaurav Saigal , Hindustan Times  Lucknow, September 06, 2013
First Published: 11:18 IST(6/9/2013) | Last Updated: 11:58 IST(6/9/2013)

The state capital and 12 other cities of Uttar Pradesh are set to get a 24x7 radio taxi service soon.

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After a notification by the state government a few weeks ago, the transport department on Thursday finalised the modalities for the service, assumed to be a safe and comfortable mode of public transport.

As per the scheme, the radio taxis would run i n Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra, Allahabad, Varanasi, Jhansi, Aligarh, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Saharanpur, Moradabad, Bareilly and Gorakhpur.

Firms and individuals who could bring in at least 10 new cars with over 1000 cc engine capacity may apply for a permit.

“With the implementation of this scheme, citizens will be able to avail services of professionally managed air-conditioned taxis.

The cars will be available for commuting within the city, but they can also be taken to destinations like airport and tourist spots,” said Rajneesh Gupta, transport commissioner.

The State Transport Authority (STA), which drafted modalities for this taxi service, came out with detailed guidelines for the cars and for the drivers.

PRE-REQUISITES FOR THE TAXIS
The cars have to be new ones and should not have been registered more than a month before the date of application.

The engine capacity of the vehicles has to be over 1000 cc and these should be driven on CNG/LPG besides being fitted with air conditioner and GPRS/GPS.

ELIGIBILITY FOR DRIVERS
The drivers, who should be Class 10 educated, would undergo training for good manners and work in proper dress.

Elaborating on the salient features of the service, Gupta informed that the radio taxi services would be available on 24x7 basis.

They could be requisitioned at any time of the day or night either by dialling the designated phone number of the operator’s control room, or by hiring them from their designated parking locations and even by flagging an empty one on the road.

Billing would be done on a per kilometre basis, at the rates to be specified by the government soon.

The taxis would be equipped with electronic fare meters.
Applicant for the permit could either be an individual, an association of individuals or a company.

The eligible operators of the radio taxi scheme would have to be financially capable of managing the operations, have a minimum fleet size of 10 vehicles with adequate parking space, as well as office space to accommodate a control room having radio communication and two telephone lines, which are accessible to passengers throughout the day and night.

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