NEW DELHI: Increasing incidents of misbehaviour by drivers of cabs operating with taxi aggregators has forced the transport department to rethink the rules for issuing the Public Service Vehicle (PSV) badge.
PSV badge is mandatory for those driving a commercial vehicle. To obtain a badge, the driver needs to undergo a two-day training in courteous behaviour.
The need for a rethink arose because as per the PSV rule the driver has to be a resident of Delhi. But since the demand for drivers has gone up multiple times after the entry of taxi aggregators in the public transport domain, the transport department is thinking of allowing people from other states to drive commercial vehicle. But this will be done after studying the system for issuing licences and other approvals in other states.
“Most of the incidents of misbehaviour involved drivers who did not have a PSV badge. Before they get a PSV badge, the drivers had to go through rigorous tests and training. Also, their antecedents are verified properly and that is why chances of them indulging in crimes are lesser,” said a transport department official.
“But now since the demand for cab drivers has gone up, we may allow people from NCR to obtain a PSV badge in Delhi, if they have a similar badge from their state,” the official said.
Sources said most of the drivers operating with taxi aggregators do not have a PSV badge. Taxi companies have requested the transport department to accept badges of other states and allow drivers from UP and Haryana to ply.
“When someone has the PSV badge, it means his primary occupation is driving and he is serious about the job. However, it is difficult to get a driver with PSV badge because of the current rule. We hire drivers only with PSV badge but would want the government to expand the limit. PSV badge is important for security and just like the domestic help or tenant verification, verification for badge can be done by police,” said Rahul Kapani, director of Meru group of companies.
Sources said that in a recent meeting with the transport department, representatives of other companies had requested the transport department to resolve this problem. Kapani said that if not to far-off states, the limit of PSV badge should at least be extended to NCR towns so that drivers from Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Noida are allowed to operate cabs in Delhi.