New taxi rules in Delhi to end surge pricing, ban use of central locking in cabs
The transport department is preparing City Taxi Rules, 2017 under which taxi drivers will be barred from using central locking system. The govt plans to stop surge pricing by app-based cab aggregators who may be allowed to charge a pre-fixed sum.delhi Updated: Sep 15, 2017 15:03 IST
The Delhi government is going to prohibit taxi drivers from using the central locking system to ensure safety of passengers and end surge pricing by app-based cab aggregators.
According to the draft City Taxi Rules, 2017, being prepared by the transport department, licences will be issued only to those drivers who have disabled the central locking system of their cab.
“This is being considered under the new taxi rules for ensuring safety of women and children,” said KK Dahiya, special commissioner (transport).
He said while questions have been raised about safety of a child while the cab is on the move, the department has found that the instances of children travelling in a cab alone were limited.
“Primarily, children travel with an adult. Disabling central locks would help a passenger get out of a cab during emergency situations,” Dahiya said.
Earlier this month, the state transport authority had passed an order on child locks in cabs. The STA made it mandatory for all drivers in the city to paste a minimum of four stickers on every cab asking passengers to disable its child lock before starting the journey.
According to the order, cabs in Delhi will get permits only if drivers put the stickers which inform passengers about the car’s child lock system.
Under the City Taxi Rules, 2017, the Delhi government also plans to stop surge pricing by app-based cab aggregators. Instead, it plans that app-based cab aggregators may be allowed to charge some extra amount above the base price per kilometre, but that amount would be fixed and strictly enforced.
Besides, to track all cabs plying on city roads, building a 24x7 control room is also being planned. Officials will monitor the movement of all app-based cabs operating in the Capital from the control room.
For this, the government will make it mandatory for all cab aggregators to give details of each of its drivers and the taxis they drive. “All drivers of private cabs will have to register with the government with which the transport department will create a database on information of drivers and vehicles,” an official said.