Saturday, August 22, 2015

Cab Drivers' need to undergo verification mandatory - Cab drivers’ details to be verified

With more questions raised on the safety of women passengers in radio taxis, city police are taking no chances. They have asked cab operators to furnish details of drivers and get them verified from police stations. 

Confirming the directive to cab operators, DCP (law and order) Shekhar HT told TOI that service providers have to pay a minimum fee for police verification. 

The move comes in the wake of an alleged case in which a cab driver molested a woman passenger in Gurgaon. 

Cab services started in Mysuru in August 2014. Nano Taxi was the first to start its services in Mysuru followed by TaxiForSure, Ola and Meru. In the past 10 months, these cab operators have developed a good customer base. 

Nano Taxi general manager R Vijaykumar said that a majority of its customers are women. "Since about 67% of passengers are women, we take utmost care to ensure their safety. We track every ride and take feedback from the passengers. So far, there has not been a single complaint of misbehaviour against any of our 75 drivers. We have been training our drivers on how to behave with passengers, especially women," said Vijay. 

Vikram Lakshminath, an assistant manager with Ola, said its cabs are fitted with GPS devices. "Details of our drivers have been submitted to police for verification," he said.

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