TaxiForSure services hit roadblock in Indore, drivers stage protest against firm

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Jun 26, 2015 21:12 IST

The radio-taxi services of 'TaxiForSure' hit the roadblock on Friday, as drivers' associated with the company are all up in arms against the company for not living up to the promises it made while hiring their services a few months ago here in Indore.

"The TaxiForSure ventured into the city with a promise that one can earn Rs 55,000 per month, for rendering their cab services in association with the company," said Manish Kushwaha, a taxi driver, who was lured into the deal to an extent that he bought a cab himself on loan term and got associated with the firm.

Like Kushwaha, many unemployed youth with driving skills sensed handsome earning opportunity and jumped into the deal. "But as the fumes lasts only for some moment, the company started retracting from the promises it earlier made, leaving us debt-ridden," he said.

The company is running its operations in the city since January this year; and since then, about 230 - 250 drivers in the city have pledged their association with them. "Most of the vehicles are brand new, and are bought against loan," Kushwaha said.

Initially the company paid us Rs. 1250 for four trips a day, but later they increased the number of trips to six, then eight for the same sum. At present they are offering Rs 1000 for at least 11 trips. But now the scenario is so worse that a driver does not even get 2 - 3 trips a day, and the company pays at its will," he grieved.

The cabbies went on to allege that the company is in nexus with finance companies and Tata motors to boost the car sales.

"Many of us raised money from money lenders for making down payments for the new vehicles; we are sitting on huge debt now," said another taxi driver.

The taxi drivers on Friday afternoon parked their vehicles alongside the AB Road and gave call for boycotting the company and later barged into their office on YN Road.

Despite several attempts made by Hindustan Times, the company officials in Indore refused to comment on the matter.

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