New Delhi: The arbitrariness on the fare of mobile app based taxi operating companies will end. The Transport Department will decide the base fare for app-based taxis on its own. Not only this, in case of increase in demand for taxis, the maximum limit for surge pricing (increasing fare) in its fare will not exceed twice the base fare. The Delhi Transport Department is going to bring a taxi aggregator policy to curb app-based taxi companies, whose work is in the final stages.
Soon its notification will be implemented. In June last, the Transport Department had made public the draft policy of the aggregator scheme and sought suggestions from the public. The department has received a total of more than 160 suggestions. In this, suggestions were also included regarding the fare of app-based taxi operators, safety of passengers besides misbehavior with passengers. If sources are to be believed, a meeting has been called by Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot on Friday regarding this. It is being told that this plan is in its final stages. In this, many important provisions have been included regarding the safety of passengers, from monitoring to fare e-taxi.
no more than double increase
Currently, the fare for mobile app based taxis in Delhi is fixed on demand. If there is an increase in demand, the rent is increased there. But under the new policy, the Transport Department will decide the base fare of taxis. The fare will be allowed to increase as demand increases, but it will not be more than double. If the base fare is Rs 16 per km, then the fare can be increased up to a maximum of Rs 32 per km.
E-vehicles to be increased in the fleet
The Transport Department has also made a provision for mobile app based taxi operators to include e-taxi in the fleet. There will be no impact on the existing fleet, but within the next five years, all vehicles will have to be converted to e-vehicles in a phased manner. For example, in the first six months, 10 percent of the total vehicles in the fleet will have to be converted into e-vehicles of two-wheelers and three-wheelers and five percent of four-wheelers. In one year 10 to 25 percent and in four years all these categories will have to cover 100 percent of e-vehicles.
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view from control room
Many provisions have been made regarding passenger safety in mobile app based taxis. Only the driver shown or told at the time of booking will have to reach with the vehicle. If the driver changes the given route during the journey, then before that the passenger will have to inform it on the mobile app. For the convenience of the passengers, the control room will run for 24 hours seven days.
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Story first published: Friday, September 23, 2022, 18:21 [IST]