After having failed to woo private cab operators for the last five years, the Haryana transport department has finally eased norms to run radio cabs in Gurgaon. The licence fee and mandatory minimum number of cabs for a fleet have been reduced. But the condition that operators should have own parking space is still a hurdle. This is due to high real estate prices in the city.
The new specifications created by the regional transport authority (RTA) are comparable to international standards, and they are similar with Dubai.
Five years ago, potential radio cab operators from Mumbai and other cities left Gurgaon due to strict norms.
The operators were supposed to have their own parking space, which was an expensive proposition. This time, new operators can operate cabs in three categories - economy, luxury and super luxury.
"The major change in the new norms is the security fee. It has been reduced to Rs 50,000 for economy and Rs 2 lakh for super-luxury from Rs 5 lakh. The minimum number of cabs has been reduced to 20 from 100 as well," said Dharmendar Singh, secretary, RTA.
After the state transport authority checks applications and inspects the location, a 'letter of intent' will be issued to operators. Then the operators will have to buy and register vehicles, set up a control room equipped with radio network (GPS or GPRS system) within four months. If these conditions can't be fulfilled, two more months will be given subject to credible reasons for the delay. Even then if the deadline is not met, the 'letter of intent' will be withdrawn.
The original permit for five years can be renewed on the basis of performance for another five years. The operator will also have to run a complaint centre, and the records will have to be shown to the RTA every three days.
Now, the RTA expects more radio cab operators to turn up with the relaxed norms in place.