Aiming for an overhaul of the public transport system, the first batch of the new Radio taxis were flagged off in the Capital on Friday. The dial-a-cab service is part of the government plan to reduce dependence on personal cars in the run up to the Commonwealth Games.
After flagging the service, Transport Minister Haroon Yusuf said the department has issued licenses to three companies – Metro Radio Cab, Carzenent and Mega Corporation for running modern fleet of Global Positioning System (GPS) fitted AC taxis.
“By March next year, the company would be running 500 such taxis in the city. The taxi service will be available round-the-clock and passengers would be required to pay Rs 15 per km,” said the minister. He said the government is planning to take the figure of Radio taxis to 10,000 by 2010 when the Common Wealth Games are scheduled in the capital.
For the convenience of the commuters, credit card swipe machine and online reservations system would be introduced through the website. “These fleet of taxis would not only be safe and secure but also luxurious and comfortable,” Yusuf added. An added feature for the women commuters and other passengers would be a “panic alarm button”. The commuters can press this button and the control room would receive the distress signal and take remedial measures.
Metro Radio Cabs has been allotted a short digit number 123 and 011-29222000. The commuters can call this number to hire the taxis. The company's control room would be manned round the clock by trained personnel.