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Private taxi drivers carrying striking schoolchildren demand commercial vehicle status

ByElla E. Kidwell

Aug 1, 2022

New Delhi: Private taxi drivers transporting schoolchildren in Delhi went on strike on Monday to demand commercial vehicle status for their taxis. The demand for private taxi drivers comes amid the need for job security and the hardships faced during the covid pandemic. The sphere in which these taxis operate is not fully regulated but is a private agreement between parents and school.

“We are disturbed and ask the Delhi government to support us, we are not flouting any rules. We have faced difficulties before during a pandemic,” a taxi driver told ANI news agency.

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Meanwhile, the Delhi government’s transport department last week invited taxi aggregators to express interest in meeting 50% of the cost of training women as commercial drivers, officials said on Wednesday.

In order to provide job opportunities for women in the public transport sector, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government announced on July 18 that it would cover 50% of the cost of training them as commercial drivers. .

Expenses incurred for female driver training will be shared between the transportation department and fleet owners or aggregators on a 50/50 basis.

Candidates can complete the forms on the Transportation Department website by August 15.

The government will provide financial support to women willing to undergo training to become professional taxi drivers and 50% of the cost of training each of them – around Rs 4,800 – would be borne by the Department of Transport.