The Mumbai Taximen's Union has opposed fleet cab operators' demand to extend the minimum distance limit to 5km from 1.6 km.
"The fleet cabs cannot have a different yardstick," said AL Quadros, MTU leader. He also asked if both the services are bound by the same rules, why different treatment should be given to radio cabs. Quadros alleged that fleet cab operators often reject short distance travel requests saying no taxis are available.
Recently, the Association of Radio Cab Operators, while submitting their plea for revision in tariff, requested the transport authorities to allow them to refuse fare below 5 km if the cabs are booked though their call centres or websites.
While opposing the demand, the MTU leader said that fleet cab operators are trying to establish themselves as super-specialty cab service and has requested the transport commissioner’s office to introduce a system to monitor calls received by fleet cab call centers to put a curb on refusals.