After auto rickshaw unions, taxi unions too have become aggressive over the demand to curb the operations of app-based taxi aggregators such as Ola and Uber.
Mumbai Taximens’ Union, one of the biggest taxi unions in the city, has demanded that the transport authorities introduce new rules for app-based taxis as soon as possible and stop their “illegal” operations.
In the meeting with the transport minister Diwakar Raote on Friday, veteran taxi union leader AL Quadros submitted their charter of various demands to the government. Quadros said that minister also agreed to their demands and assured necessary action.
“The meeting was very positive. Transport minister told us that the draft policy for app based taxis likely to be cleared soon as currently it is with chief minister. He also agreed to our demand of releasing new permits for taxis,” said Quadros.
Mumbai Autorickshaw Taximens’ Union, one of the largest unions of auto drivers has threatened demonstration for the same demand of stopping operations of app based aggregators, on February 15. Recently, Swabhiman Taxi Rickshaw union also staged protests over a similar demand.
App based taxis of aggregators, which have become popular among passengers in a short period of time, have affected daily earning of auto rickshaw and taxi drivers.
Therefore, there is increasing anger among them against the app based taxis and the city has witnessed several agitations against them, last year.
The state government has prepared draft rules for regulating app based taxis and those are in the final stage of finalisation.