State to issue GR to regulate radio cab services

Senior transport officials say new guidelines may include measures like having a panic button in the cab, compulsory licences for cab drivers, monitoring mechanisms for the fare system and a cap on periodical fare hike, among others

It has been learnt that the state government has nearly completed drafting new rules and regulations for private cab aggregators, and is likely to issue a Government Resolution (GR) on the same in two weeks’ time.

Senior officials from the transport department said the new guidelines may include measures such as having a panic button in the cab for an emergency, compulsory licences for cab drivers, monitoring mechanisms for the fare system and a cap on periodical fare hike.

The taxi services will also be authorised and certified by the government. Most of the app-based taxi service providers, including Uber, have agreed to the new rules and to work under aregulatory body. “Only one of the private cab services resisted, but on realising that not having a government recognition could hurt their business, they agreed. A notification will be issued on the same within a fortnight,” said a senior official.

The current regulations under which operators like Meru, Tab Cabs and private cab aggregators function in Mumbai came under intense scrutiny following the Uber rape case. A few days ago, state transport minister Diwakar Raote had also said that the government was looking at home ministry’s advisory of banning all app-based cab services.

In the wake of the Uber rape case in Delhi, the union home ministry had issued an advisory to ban app-based taxi services until due processes were followed. However, union transport minister Nitin Gadkari said that a blanket ban was not the ultimate solution.

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