Angry over the government’s order to make installation of GPS device mandatory for all taxis, the unions of yellow and black cabs in the city will take out a march from Rajghat to Delhi Assembly on March 25 to protest against the ‘Tuglaki Farman’, a day when a two-day special session will be going on.
In order to ensure women safety, government recently ordered all taxi operators to install GPS in their vehicles, failing which fitness certificate will not be issued to them.
The government’s decision will be enforced on all types of taxis, including Radio taxis and black-and-yellow cabs, plying in different parts of the national capital.
“We will not accept this government’s order at any cost as it is just like ‘Tuglaki Farman’. We are being harassed, looted in the name of GPS. We have decided to carry out protest-rally with black flags from Rajghat to Delhi Assembly at 10 AM on March 25,” Rajendra Soni, general secretary of Delhi Pradesh Taxis’ Union, said.
Soni said in the protest march, all city’s yellow and black taxis from all railway stations- Anand Vihar, New Delhi, Old Delhi, Nizammudin, Paharganj and taxi unions of IGI Airport will also be participating.
At present, there are around 15,000 yellow and black cabs plying across the national capital.
“During protest march, taxi drivers will also install black flags on their vehicles. After the rally at Delhi Assembly where special session will be going on, we will demand from all government to immediately withdraw this order,” he also said.
According to government, taxi operators will not be issued fitness certificates unless they get Global Positioning System (GPS) installed in their vehicles.
The decision comes months after a 25-year-old woman was allegedly raped by a driver enlisted with the US-based cab service, Uber, in December last year inside the taxi in which GPS was not installed.
“We want to ensure women safety in all public taxis due to which we have directed all operators, including of black and yellow cabs, to first install GPS in their vehicles,” the official said, adding, the transport department will issue the fitness certificate to taxi operators only after checking installation of GPS.
“GPS will not only ensure women safety in taxis but it also will help police in case of untoward incident,” the official also said.