PANAJI: Today, the Taxi Operators held a protest outside the Directorate of Transport officer for failure to act on their demands and clarification of installation of digital taxi meters.
The taxi operators today held a half-day protest demonstration along with several leaders.
All Goa Private Bus Owners Association, General Secretary Sudip Tamhankar, and Private Taxi Operators submitted a memorandum to the Transport department regarding alleged illegalities in Taxi Digital fare meter.
“It is a shame that the Transport department is not taking any action based on our representations regarding taxi meters; transport minister should mandate taxis coming from outside Goa to install meters,” said Tamankar.
Alleging that taxi operators are overcharging, but the transport department, without verifying this fact, asserted that they would mandate taxi operators to put fare meters, Tamankar added.
He further said that the state government has appointed only one vendor instead of appointing 5-6 vendors, and taxi operators are forced to buy meters from this sole vendor. This is unacceptable to us.
The operators present during the protest said that not only were the digital fare meters offered by the government highly overpriced but that there is also no provision in Rule 140 of the Goa Motor Vehicle Rules, 1991 for installing meters only supplied by or through the Department.
Thus, the installation of the digital fare meter presently approved by the government, the subscription to be paid for the same and after that subscription for VLTD will be a whopping amount causing additional financial burden,” said the petitioners.