The transport department has launched the ‘Pink taxi’ service for women, by women in Udaipur to ensure safety of female commuters, a first in the state. Vehicles to be run under the project are equipped with panic buttons.
Drivers of autos, e-rickshaws and cabs will be women dressed in pink uniform and their vehicles would have a pink mark for identification. Five women recently cleared driving test to get commercial licence to run the exclusive service named “Meera, the Pink Taxi Service”. For the time being, only women can hire autos. Cabs and e-rickshaws will be included in the service soon, an official said.
City mayor Chandra Singh Kothari announced financial assistance those women who want to purchase e-rickshaws under the project.
Udaipur’s regional transport officer (RTO) Pannalal Rawat said 14 more women have applied for licence and they would soon undergo test. Additional RTO Prakash Singh Rathore said the project was launched under the smart city scheme to reduce pollution in public transport and to bring women into it.
“Meera, the Pink Taxi Service, addresses the two issues,” Rathore said.
He said a woman must have education till Class 8 to be eligible for commercial licence. For women in the scheme the department has done away with the condition that a commercial licence applicant should have held permanent licence for one and a half year.