Taxi and rickshaw syndicates in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra on Wednesday terminated motorcycle-to-motorcycle taxi services operated by app aggregators, saying they are ‘illegal’ and negatively affecting their business .
A delegation of rickshaw-rickshaw-rickshaw-drivers and owners, under the leadership of Union leader Shashank RAO, submitted a representation to the Maharashtra Transport Commissioner, which includes different demands, which include “illegal” 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.
”Taxi and auto 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 circulating in Mumbai and other MMR parties have escalated the situation,’ DM Gosavi, general secretary of the Seva Sarathi union, told PTI.
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 the two-wheeled taxis.
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 aggregators’ bike taxis through an app 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, the union leaders demanded financial assistance of Rs 10,000 per month for each auto rickshaw driver to cover losses incurred during the coronavirus-induced lockdowns.
In addition, they demanded waiver of vehicle loan and interest and health insurance and accident insurance of Rs 10 lakh for rickshaw drivers.
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