Cracking a whip on illegal taxi and autorickshaw drivers, the state Transport department has made it compulsory for drivers to display photo identity cards (ID) on their vehicles.
And those who fail to do so will stand to lose their licences.
“Black-and-yellow taxi drivers should display photo identity cards, in addition to their batches. This will keep check on illegal drivers and also provide security to commuters,” said state Transport Minister, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil.
The directive says all taxi drivers should display a photo ID cards below the windshield inside the vehicle and another behind the driver’s seat.
Private fleet taxis already follow this norm.
The 6x6 inch ID card will have personal details such as the driver’s name, address and driving licence number.
The Transport department also issued a circular to all Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) asking them to take action against taxi and autorickshaw permit holders who don’t drive their vehicles for at least eight hours in a day.
Usually, permit holders hire other drivers, mostly migrants, to drive their vehicles, which leads to “various complications”.
“For starters, it encourages influx of people. Secondly, when caught, these drivers don’t have valid documents and it is difficult to penalise them,” said an RTO official, on condition of anonymity for lack of authorisation to talk to the media.
Only permit holders who are physically challenged, uneducated or widowed have been excluded from compulsory driving.
The circular also says that permit holders can authorise one or two drivers to drive the taxi for the rest of the day, but these authorised drivers too should carry photo identity cards signed by the transport commissioner.
The Transport department has also stopped issuing licences on submission of affidavits attached with documents such as life insurance policy.