Curbs on TaxiForSure hitting us hard: Drivers

A day after transport officials raided the office of cab aggregator, TaxiForSure (TFS), and asked it to stop bookings until it complied with the rules, many drivers attached to the company urged the transport commissioner on Wednesday to stop the clampdown on the firm, saying it was “affecting” their livelihood.

The drivers, who thronged the commissioner’s office, claimed that the government action against TFS was affecting them “adversely”. Many of them had also spoken to transport officials on Tuesday after the raid on TFS.

Syed, one of the drivers, said, “We have taken loans for our vehicles and the clampdown on the firm is affecting our business. How will we repay the loans if such things continue?”

Many others said the company had been regularly monitoring drivers and checking for irregularities. “Every three days, it carries out an inspection for our uniform, and there is a dedicated helpline for drivers. Just because Uber is having problems, and one driver committed a mistake, why should we all suffer?” another driver, who didn’t want to be named, asked. “I’ve borrowed Rs seven lakh to buy a car, how will I survive?”

Transport officials tried to pacify the drivers and told them they should instead ask the aggregate companies to register with the department as per the law instead of “pressuring” the department.

The company was asked to stop plying until it registered with the transport department or else face penal action. But taxis attached to the firm continued to ply on Wednesday and it even appeared bookings were open.

Joint Commissioner for Transport Narendra Holkar, however, said the firm was not making new bookings and the taxis that plied during the day had been booked before Tuesday’s raid. “Representatives of TaxiForSure met the transport authorities today asking for details about the permit the company requires, but it has not registered as of now. As for the cabs still plying, we have seized certain taxis and the taxi aggregators have conveyed to us that no new bookings were made. Only those taxis plied, for which bookings were made before yesterday’s raid,” Holkar told Deccan Herald.

From Thursday onwards, transport officials will check taxis still plying across the City under the banner of aggregator companies that have not yet registered with the department, Holkar added.

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