Express press service
HYDERABAD: Violating standards such as vehicle permits, hundreds of taxis from neighboring states that entered Telangana with the nominal MV tax at the border conveniently failed to return. With an inadequate mechanism for identifying these vehicles, some vehicles are now attached to cab aggregators.
In recent months, driver associations have identified a number of these cars and taxis circulating on city roads. Those vehicles that don’t belong here increase the already tight competition within the city limits. Even though traffic cops have started cracking unregistered cars under GHMC limits, a decision has yet to be made regarding taxis.
At least 350 unregistered taxis in Telangana have been identified by local taxi drivers on the roads. “We welcome the idea of the City Police penalizing cars from out of town, but they should also cover taxis. We have found that a number of vehicles with Karnataka and Maharashtra are circulating in Hyderabad and are ironically attached to taxi aggregators like Ola and Uber.The authorities should act and curb their unruly and intrusive behavior,” said Shaik Salauddin, Chairman of Telangana Taxi and Driver JAC.
Fewer taxis on the roads
The pandemic has already forced thousands of taxi drivers to leave the profession and opt for other odd jobs. Before the pandemic, the number of taxis circulating on the city’s roads was 1.2 lakh. That number has now fallen to 60,000 for a variety of reasons, including the WFH (Work from Home) model of IT companies and an increase in private vehicles.
Speaking to Express, Co-Commissioner (Traffic) AV Ranganath, who recently instructed authorities to control the movement of cars from other parts of the city, said taxis from other states should not be allowed to move here.
“We set up a meeting with Ola and Uber and told them that taxis without a city license shouldn’t be driving here. If this happens, Ola and Uber will also be booked. They (the aggregators) should not allow cars, taxis which are not allowed. If there are cases, we will check that as well,” he said. Ola and Uber, the aggregators in question, could not be reached.