Errant Mumbai taxi, auto drivers get 10 days ultimatum
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 23:59
Mumbai: Responding to repeated complaints from passengers about errant taxi and auto drivers, Maharashtra Government has given an ultimatum of ten days to them to fall in line.

"Make the taxi and auto drivers aware about the complaints against them by the passengers. They should also follow the rules like holding badges and licences and wearing uniforms within the stipulated time of 10 days," Home Minister R R Patil today said.

The drivers should also not refuse to ferry passengers on short distance else stern action would be taken against them, Patil said in a meeting convened by him to discuss the complaints.

The officials from traffic police, regional transport authority, representatives of the taxi and auto unions and consumer right activists were present in the meeting.

Transport commissioner Dilip Jadhav informed in the meeting said that 2,800 complaints have been registered on department's newly launched helpline. Most of them were about the refusal for plying on short distance, he said.

Patil asked the transport and traffic officials to launch a drive against the arrogant taxi and auto drivers if the complaints are not reduced in ten days.

The minister also suggested increase of share taxi or auto facility during the peak hours to save time and fuel. He instructed to start 80 new taxi and auto stands in the city outside the railway stations and at the crowded places.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 23:59

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