Car and taxi unions in Maha concerned about ‘illegal’ bike-selling services

Union leaders also demanded Financial assistance of 10,000 per month for each rickshaw driver to cover losses incurred during coronavirus-induced lockdowns.

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10 Feb 2022, 09:33

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Taxi and auto-rickshaw unions in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra have opposed motorbike taxi services operated by app-based aggregators, saying they are ‘illegal’ and harm their business . A delegation of auto rickshaw drivers and owners, under the leadership of union leader Shashank Rao, submitted a representation to the Maharashtra Transport Commissioner listing their various demands, including actions against “illegal” two-wheeled taxi services. “.

Prior to this, the Seva Sarathi Auto-rickshaw, Taxi and Transport Union in Mumbai and several similar organizations in Pune had written to the transport department demanding a ban on app-based cycle taxi services from Ola, Uber and the Rapido two-wheeled taxi aggregator. “The taxi and rickshaw drivers in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra are already going through a tough time since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and the illegal cycle taxis that are circulating in Mumbai and other parts of the MMR have aggravated the situation,” DM Gosavi, general secretary of the Seva Sarathi union, told PTI.

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Gosavi said they had already written to the Department of Transportation about the matter and threatened to start an agitation if the “illegal” bike taxi services were not stopped. In the representation submitted to Transport Commissioner Avinash Dhakne, auto rickshaw drivers and owners demanded the deployment of flying squads to stop illegal passenger transport in the state. “Bicycle taxi services are illegal,” Dhakane said, adding that the state government has so far not given permission to operate these two-wheeled taxis.

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Ola and Uber did not respond to text messages seeking comment on their motorcycle taxi services. According to sources, the Pune RTO launched a campaign against app-based aggregators’ bike taxis and took action against more than 150 bikes for illegal exploitation.

Some auto rickshaw unions have warned of unrest in Pune and other RTO offices next week. In the representation, union leaders demanded Financial assistance of 10,000 per month for each rickshaw driver to cover losses incurred during coronavirus-induced lockdowns. In addition, they demanded exemption from the vehicle loan and interest and 10 lakh health insurance and accident insurance cover for rickshaw drivers.

Date of first publication: February 10, 2022, 09:32 IST

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