City adds 5K cabs,15K autos in one year

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City adds 5K cabs,15K autos in one year

A record 5,300 new taxis and 15,000 autos were introduced in the city during the previous financial year (2013-14 ),revealed the state transport commissioner V N More.

Maximum number of new taxis and autos were introduced for Mumbaikars last year.We are pursuing our drive to phase out old vehicles, said More.It will compel auto drivers and cabbies to introduce good quality cabs and autos for commuters, he added.In 2013,the state transport department had enforced the rule of phasing out taxis that were more than 20 years old and autos (over 16-years old).We also refused to renew the fitness certificates of rickety autos and taxis, he said.In the Mumbai metropolitan region,nearly 24,000 new autorickshaws were introduced in the last fiscal.This was 102 % more than the number of three-wheelers introduced in 2012-13, More said.In Mumbai,during the previous fiscal the number of new taxis to hit the roads was 47% more than in the 2012-13 financial year;for autos the figure was nearly 67%.

 

Surprisingly,not a single new permit was introduced since 1997.However,the transport department conducted a lottery for issuing new auto permits and plans are afoot to disburse 20,000 permits by May.We have planned to release 7,500 additional permits for taxis this year.It will be released in June after the election results are announced, said a senior transport official.Taxi union leader A L Quadros admitted that there was an urgent need for more cabs,especially outside prominent railway stations and at the airport.

Date of Article: 
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Source: 
The Times of India