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ANTA demands action against illegal taxis
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 8(NPN):
Published on 9 Jun. 2011 12:59 AM IST
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All Nagaland Taxi Association, Kohima unit Wednesday lodged strong protest against the private registered passenger vehicles plying as taxis in and around Kohima and lackadaisical attitude of the regional transport office, Kohima. While pointing out that it had already written to the responsible authority on the same issue March 28 last, the association said till date no action has been taken as a result of which number of the private vehicles running as taxis have increased and was causing unhealthy co-existence between the Taxi Drivers and the private vehicles.
The association pointed out that once designated parking lot for local taxis in certain parts of the town was given way for private vehicles for parking while the taxis were fined for picking up or dropping passengers anywhere the traffic police spotted.
“The taxis drivers are facing problems of parking as well as to get passengers which badly affected their income,” the association said.
It also alleged that lack of action on this effect has resulted to lots of private vehicles running as taxis causing misunderstanding between taxis driver and the private operators.
They contended that a vehicle cannot be run as taxi and ferry passengers without taxi permit and without payment of certain taxes.
With regard to this, the association urged the authority to disallow plying of such private registered vehicles as taxis.
Pressing the authority to check illegal activities, the association served 15-day ultimatum to issue necessary notification banning such vehicles to run as taxis. Failure to concede to its demand, the association said it would take own course of action.
Meanwhile, it was also learnt that during the meeting between the representative of ANTA and the district administration, the latter assured that it would arrest all those defaulting private vehicles, seize vehicle documents, punish them and publish their names in newspapers.
Further, the administration also assured that parking of private vehicles in designated parking lot for taxis would be penalized soon.
The district administration while proposing for a special uniform for taxi drivers also assured to check all those vehicles painted in local taxi colors.
Meanwhile, the ANTA has conveyed its regret for the inconvenience it had caused to commuters Tuesday following their agitation.

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