Mumbai has been evolving at a speeding pace and on the note of developments, the iconic kaali-peeli cabs of the city are making the news. In a bid to curb rampant refusal by the taxi drivers in Mumbai, the government has come up with a way out.
The Maharashtra Transport Department has mandated the installation of rooftop indicators on new black-yellow taxis registered in Mumbai, from February 1.
From the 1st of February, the all-new Mumbai cabs will have rooftop LED indicators with colour codes like red, green, and white. Red will indicate that the taxi is occupied, green will indicate availability and the white one will show that it the taxi is off duty or not taking rides.
The state government has already issued a directive to get these rooftop indicators installed and the regional transport authorities also have to come up with a date of fixing these indicators on cabs registered till January-end.
The move isn't limited to taxis only. Based on the cab reviews regarding this venture, the plan is to get such indicators installed on auto-rickshaws too. Apart from these LED signs, the indicators will have 'For Hire', 'Hired' and 'Off Duty' written on them, in English and Marathi.
This project was proposed in 2012 but it gained momentum in January 2014 when the transport department issued a draft notification, which encouraged suggestions and objections from the citizens.
While new taxis will have to get the indicators installed from the first day in itself, those which've been registered before February 1, will have to get them installed during the fitness certification process at their respective regional transport offices (RTOs).
We sure hope this helps our daily problems of being slapped with a denial, whenever we want to hitch a ride in the city.