Legal move against cheating and high fares of taxi drivers, says TTAG; joint petition to push for implementation of digital meters and GPS made mandatory by govt
PANJIM: The Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) and the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) have joined hands to file a writ petition in the High Court of Bombay at Goa with the aim to execute the government’s order of making digital meters for taxis compulsory in the State.
Speaking to Herald, TTAG President Savio Messias said, “The Transport Department had issued an order making digital meters compulsory for taxis but the decision currently has been put on hold due to protests by taxi operators.”
He added, “For the past many years we have been receiving numerous complaints from tourists regarding taxi cheating and high fares especially at the airport, hotels and other important tourist places. It’s been a long time that the government has not taken action and that is the reason we decided to approach the High Court,” Messias said.
The petition seeks a mandamus from the High Court directing the government to strictly and diligently implement Rule 140 of the Goa Motor Vehicles Rules, 1991 made under the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 as amended in 2015.
The petitioner further seeks a mandamus from the High Court directing the government to consider the implementation, in accordance with law, of mobile or any other such systems which are based on technological advancement in the state which will provide efficient service to passengers and also provide higher revenues to taxi operators.
The State government had earlier made it mandatory for all taxi operators to install digital fare meters with Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking device, failing which no new permits or renewals would be granted. However the decision had been put on hold due to protest by taxi operators.