From June 1, Mumbai cabbies to compete with radio taxis

Mumbai: Soon the days of Mumbai’s taxiwallas looking at customers with disdain for short trips or refusals will be a thing of the past. 1,000 kaali-peeli drivers will be handpicked for a pilot project by Sun Telematics.

This Bangalore-based tech company has built the radio application to be installed in the taxis that ply on our roads. They will announce the signing up by Tuesday and nearly 42,000 taxis, both silver-blue and yellow-black, will operate as air conditioned cabs in Mumbai. These 1,000 drivers will undergo rigorous training from April-end to May-end when they will be equipped to compete with private radio cabs.

“The biggest problem of public taxis in Mumbai has been their attitude. Also, they are not tech-savvy. Through this training programme we will ensure the first batch of public cabs operate on a par with private radio taxis,” Sandeep Kabre, the head of Mumbai project, told Free Press Journal.

Both the taxi unions have agreed and will sign on the dotted line for tying up with Sun Telematics, which built technology platforms for the unorganised sector of the logistics industry, to help them operate optimally and compete with the organised sector. Their solution is designed and developed for the unorganised cab industry which caters to employee transport, car rentals and taxi verticals.
“We are now joining hands with the Kaali-Peeli Taxi unions specifically, Mumbai Taximen’s Union and Mumbai Taxi Association with about 35,000 taxis to provide our technology platform to them,” said Antony Sheen, founder
and CEO.

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