Mumbai: While informing the house that the process of freeing RTO offices of middlemen, transport minister Diwakar Raote also assured the legislative assembly here on Friday that the state government would bring stringent regulations for taxi aggregators like Ola and Uber.
“Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis would soon announce guidelines for taxi aggregators like Ola and Uber in the Assembly. We have already submitted our proposal to him, which is an effort to regulate the taxi aggregators. We shall see that they do not get to operate as per their wish in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region,” Raote informed the Assembly. The announcement assumes importance in wake of the proposed strike of general taxis and rickshaws against the aggregators on July 26. The aggregators are taking away common customers of the general taxi-autos, their unions have been complaining. This would be the second strike by the general taxi drivers against the aggregators.
The minister also assured to resolve the issue of illegal rickshaw parking in the city.
The minister also said that the government has started computerisation process of the regional transport offices to curb issuance ofbogus licences. The computerisation would also bring transparency in the process, he said.
Congress MLA NiteshRane asked in the Assembly about a racket of touts in the Thane transport office issuing bogus licences. The minister agreed that two are booked in connection to the case. “An inquiry has been conducted under a committee appointed by the transport commissioner’s office. Irregularity was found in 220 licences and the government has started a process to cancel the licences,” Raote said.
The minister also assured to hold a meeting with the BMC officials and the people’s representatives to resolve the issue of parking of auto rikshaws in the city.