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35 women cabbies to take commuters for a safe ride

india Updated: May 31, 2012 01:38 IST
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Driving home the message of equality and busting the myth that women are 'bad drivers', 35 female cab drivers will hit the city roads on Friday.

G. Cabs, a private cab service provider, is all set to introduce 125 cabs in the city from this Friday.

The firm has appointed 35 female chauffeurs. These women are undergoing a rigorous driving training programme and will begin working on Friday. Their working hours would be 9.00am to 6.00pm.

Though Delhi and some other metros have their fair share of women power behind the city’s commercial wheels, this is a first of its kind move in the Millennium City.

The service provider feels the move would cut down car theft cases in the city.

The firm also believes the presence of female drivers will make women passengers feel more safe. It said it would prefer to provide female drivers to the women passengers, but certainly with the consent of the customers.

The Millennium City has witnessed many incidents of cab drivers running away with the company vehicles.

“Generally, people think that females cannot drive. But our female chauffeurs would prove otherwise. They have been undergoing training since last two months and would surely drive like experts,” said Abhishek Sharma, managing director, G. Cabs.

The cab fare would be R20 per km. Two passengers can avail the facility on sharing basis by paying R10 per km.

The cabs would operate in the entire NCR region.

All the vehicles would be equipped with LCD screens, Global Positioning System (GPS) and CNG.

Many city residents hailed the move as a sign of 'gender equality' and said it will go a long way in improving Gurgaon's notorious image.