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Maharashtra govt to instal roof-top indicators on taxis in Mumbai from February 1

The Maharashtra transport division has determined to set up roof-top indicators on new ‘black-and-yellow’ taxis registered in Mumbai from February 1, an official stated on Monday.

The color coded indicators, which might sign if the cab is free or occupied, are anticipated to deliver down the rampant trip refusals by drivers.

The state authorities has already issued a notification for set up of those indicators, transport commissioner Shekhar Channe stated.

“Based on the experience of taxis, the date of installing roof-top indicators in new auto-rickshaws will be decided,” he instructed reporters on the sidelines of a Road Safety Week operate right here.

The state authorities has requested the respective regional transport authorities to determine the date of fixing the indicators on cabs registered until January-end, in their jurisdictions.

Besides, the federal government has given powers to the transport commissioner to determine the date of becoming roof-top indicators on auto-rickshaws.

The indicators can have inexperienced, pink and white colored LED lights.

As per the notification, the taxi with the inexperienced mild on would point out it’s obtainable for ferrying passengers, pink would imply the cab is occupied and white would point out that it’s unavailable for hiring.

Apart from LED lights, the indicators can have letters ‘For Hire’, ‘Hired’ and ‘Off Duty’, in English in addition to Marathi languages.

Mumbai has round 43,500 black-and-yellow taxis and the variety of auto-rickshaws is round 2.05 lakh.

The variety of taxis throughout the state, together with Mumbai, is 65,591, and of auto-rickshaws is round 9.75 lakh.

Presently, no such indicators are obligatory for each the taxis and auto-rickshaws, although some cabs have yellow colored indicators on high.

The undertaking, proposed in 2012, gained momentum in January 2014 when the transport division issued a draft notification inviting options and objections from individuals.

It was delayed for 5 years due to a language challenge, with former transport minister Diwakar Raote suggesting that letters in Marathi be additionally put up on the indicators.

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