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Taxi drivers want more fare for ‘waiting’

The Mumbai Taximen's Union (MTU) wants meters to tick faster when a taxi is stuck in a jam or has been kept waiting by a passenger. This was among the several demands the union placed before the Hakim committee on Friday.

mumbai Updated: May 05, 2012 01:33 IST
Kailash Korde

The Mumbai Taximen's Union (MTU) wants meters to tick faster when a taxi is stuck in a jam or has been kept waiting by a passenger. This was among the several demands the union placed before the Hakim committee on Friday.

“During the waiting period, the meter reading changes every two minutes. We have demanded that it should change every 90 seconds,” said MTU chief AL Quadros.

“It will reduce refusals during peak hours.”

The union has also demanded “half-return” i.e. an addition 50% of the fare for journeys beyond city limits.

“We have asked for half-return fare for journey within Mumbai Metropolitan Region limits. This is a common practice everywhere else in the state,” Quadros said.

The MTU has also asked that taxi drivers be compensated for the 50 paisa per kilometer that the union claims they are losing for the past five years.

“Due to the earlier Shinde Committee's miscalculation, taxi drivers have being losing 50 paisa per kilometer,” Quadros said.

On Friday. the Hakim committee also met RTO officials, auto-rickshaw unions, electronic meter manufactures, fleet taxi operators and consumer organisations.

Even fleet taxis have demanded a revision in fare.

“Apart from fare hike, we have requested a revision in waiting charges, which are currently lower than those of regular taxis,” said Rajesh Puri, CEO, Meru Cabs.

“We have also asked for an automatic and transparent process of fare revision each time the CNG price or consumer price index changes.”

Auto unions, including Sharad Rao's Mumbai Auto-rickshawmen's Union, asked for additional time to submit their supplementary demands. They have been given time till May 10, informed a source in t he transport department.

The Hakim committee was appointed in April for fixing the fare hike formula for taxis and auto-rickshaws in the state. It is expected to submit its report in three months.