Hailing a cab will soon get easier as soon, Reason: Nearly 3,000 additional conventional black-and-yellow cabs are likely to hit the city’s roads.
The Tardeo-based Regional Transport Office has assured to give letter of intent to all permit lottery winners with valid documents. After receiving their letter, cab drivers will have to register their vehicle within six months.
Govind Saindane, regional transport officer of Tardeo, said they have released a timetable and called lottery winners as per their file numbers to the RTO for issuing of the letter.
“We will issue a letter of intent to all the lottery winners by the end of March,” said Saindane, adding that drivers would have to pay official fees of Rs 26,000, for it.
In December 2014, the state government had conducted a lucky draw for an online lottery to issue 7,800 permits. But even after 15 months, several lottery winners were making rounds of RTO, so they could get LoI early.
Upset with the delay, two of the city’s biggest taxi unions — Mumbai Taximens’ Unions (MTU) and Mumbai Taxi Association (MTA) — protested outside the Tardeo RTO last Tuesday. Sources said the Tardeo RTO took this step to speed up the permit issuance process.
Union leaders had alleged there is rampant corruption at Tardeo RTO for issuing permits. Only those lottery winners, who approach RTO officials through agents by paying Rs25,000 to Rs30,000 were getting their letters.
The number of taxis on city roads dropped down to 38,000 from more than 50,000 about a decade back. As a result, getting a cab during peak hours has become difficult.