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Activists, unions differ on number of taxis displaying tariff cards

Prajakta Chavan Rane, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, October 28, 2012
First Published: 00:48 IST(28/10/2012) | Last Updated: 00:50 IST(28/10/2012)

While taxi unions maintain that tariff cards with revised fares were being displayed inside cabs, commuters continue to complain about the absence of these cards behind the driver's seat in taxis across the city.

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As per the Mumbai Taxi Association and Mumbai Taximen's Union, nearly 10,000 taxis have already displayed tariff cards. These unions further added that camps to stitch these cards to the upholstery inside cabs were also held last week.

However, consumer activists opposed these claims stating that the camps were only meant to pacify consumers.

"Authorities are only taking action against a handful of taxis and autorickshaws. This is not sufficient as there are many others plying, fleecing commuters. Drives ought to be more frequent and stricter," said Nikhil Desai, a social activist.

On Saturday, the Mumbai Taxi Association inaugurated a camp to initiate the process of displaying tariff cards at Kennedy Bridge, Opera house.

"Over the last few days, there has been a steady increase in taxis that display cards. We are beginning to find taxis with theses card stitched behind the driver's seat," said Prem Singh, president, Mumbai Taxi Association.

AL Quadros, general secretary of the Mumbai Taximen's Union said: "In a survey conducted by our union, six out of 10 cabs in the city have cards displayed inside." He cited the lack of mechanical tariff cards among drivers of older taxis as the reason for a delay in displaying them.

Madhukar Jadhav, a Regional Transport Official (RTO) from Tardeo said, "We have been conducting surprise checks and penalising drivers who either do not have tariff cards or are carrying photocopied ones. On Saturday, checks were conducted in 377 vehicles, of which 52 were charged for not possessing an original card."


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