‘Outsiders’ get cabs with help from Sena

The Shiv Sena’s transport union inducted 30 taxis, including Mahindra Logans, Maruti vans and Altos, in the fleet of black-and-yellows and Cool Cabs, reports Rajendra Aklekar.
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Updated on Feb 27, 2009 12:20 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByRajendra Aklekar, Mumbai

Now, you can travel to work in style — in a Mahindra Logan Cool Cab.

The Shiv Sena’s transport union on Thursday inducted 30 taxis, including Mahindra Logans, Maruti vans and Altos, in the fleet of black-and-yellows and Cool Cabs.

Interestingly, most of the taximen financed by the Sena were north Indians.

“This is the first time that the city will be getting Mahindra Logans as Cool Cabs. The Sena has provided the taximen assistance to get loans from banks to buy the taxis,” a senior Sena leader said.

Following a court directive to scrap taxis — mostly Premier Padminis, that are 25 years and more, various unions and individual taximen are opting for Maruti vans, Altos and high-end car models.

“We scrapped the old taxis as they were beyond repair and preferred the new Maruti vehicles as they are sturdy and will give my passengers a comfortable ride,” said taxi driver Shashikant Tiwari.

Added cabbie Udaysingh Chavan: “The government as allowed air-conditioned cabs to give our old taxis a competition. Hence we have bought new cabs to offer a better service.”

To counter the black-and-yellow taxis, the state government had

two years ago floated a fleet taxi scheme, inviting private firms to run taxis in Mumbai with certain requirements like electronic meters with printers, air-conditioned taxis, trained drivers and an enhanced communication system.

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