Mumbai: Roof Indicators for Kaali Peelis February
MUMBAI: new kaali peelis must install roof indicators with color codes to indicate if a cab is ‘occupied’ or ‘available for travel’ from February 1, transport commissioner Shekhar Channe said on Monday, adding that old kaali peelis will have to install them in the same month, while autorickshaw Drivers will be asked to do so in the coming weeks. The goal is to address the negatives while instilling discipline among drivers.
The indicators will have three options: red will indicate that the cabin is occupied by a passenger, green that the taxi is available for rent and white that the driver is out of service. In addition to the LED lights, the indicators will have For Hire, Hired and Off Duty in English and Marathi.
Channe said, “We have called manufacturers of vehicle roof indicators and union leaders for a meeting on January 15. They will decide on pricing and ensure the indicators are installed in February.”
The transport expert G R Vora said the system will be effective as drivers must be honest with their intention to transport a traveler. If a driver has turned on the green light and refuses to drive, a traveler can file a complaint and the driver can be punished, he said. Sources said passengers can now take pictures of taxis/cars with the green light on and drivers who refuse to travel. RTO officials will suspend the licenses of those drivers based on the evidence.
Car union leader Shashank Rao said they were not against the indicators. “But they should not be mounted on the roof. There should be a small LED indicator, which is cheap and easy to install on the windshield. ” He said the union had suggested a similar indicator a few years ago to reduce rejections. Union taxi leaders said they were not against the indicators, but that they should be cheap or subsidized by the government.
The system, proposed in 2012, gained momentum in January 2014 when the transportation department issued a draft notification inviting suggestions and public objections. He was delayed for five years due to a language problem, and former transport minister Diwakar Raote suggested letters in Marathi as well.