Appeal to legalize two-wheeler taxi service in Kohima

Appeal to legalize two-wheeler taxi service in Kohima
Two-wheeler taxi riders/owners seen with their scooty at Kohima on Monday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAY 6 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/6/2019 11:16:10 AM IST

Two-wheeler taxi owners have reiterated their plea to the State government to legalise two- wheeler taxi service in the State Capital.

Addressing media persons here on Monday and speaking on behalf of two-wheeler taxi owners, two-wheeler taxi owner Chumben E Yanthan said after analyzing the traffic jam problem and considering its potential for generating self-employment among local youth, a proposal to legalise two-wheeler taxi service was submitted to Regional Transport Officer (RTO), Kohima on July 7, 2018.

However, with no permit and legalisation of their services, he said the owners are facing restrictions. Regularising two-wheeler taxi service in Kohima and across the State could create thousands of jobs opportunities for youth, he added.

Altogether 13 individuals had bought two-wheelers (mostly scooty) on equated monthly instalment (EMI) basis and providing tax services in Kohima, he informed the media. 

Although there is no provision under Motor Vehicles Act (MVA), 1988 for two-wheeler taxi service, Yanthan said sections 72 and 73 of MVA provides “competency to the States to issue stage carriage permit after scrutinising feasibility and applicability.”

It was also informed that the States of Mizoram, Assam, Goa, Haryana, etc, had recently legalised two-wheeler taxi service. In this connection, it the two-wheeler owners requested the State government to at least issue permits to the two-wheeler owners and frame guidelines and regulations.

He informed that State transport department had accepted the two-wheeler owners’ proposal and assured to explore the taxi potential, adding that the proposal has been approved by minister in charge of the department. Subsequently, he said the department had drafted a taxation chart for the two-wheeler taxis (also contributing to the State’s revenue) and, after receiving clearance from the finance department regarding taxation, the transport department was ready to notify through government gazette.

However, Yanthan lamented that till date no official notification has been issued as the transport department’s contention is that there is no particular section under MVA, 1988 that has any reference to two-wheeler taxi service.

“As much as we respect the government, we expect the government to create, add or introduce ideas and facilities that are for the welfare of the people,” Yanthan said, adding that this is a matter of seeking permission to pursue livelihood by unemployed Naga youth.

Meanwhile, the two-wheeler owners have pledged to cooperate, support and coordinate with the government to legalise the two-wheeler taxi service in Kohima and throughout Nagaland. They also assured to ethically and efficiently offer their services for the welfare of the riders and provide them safe and quality transportation service.

The two-wheeler taxi fares range from Rs 50 to Rs 120, depending on the distance travelled. For the purpose of safety of their passengers, the two-wheeler taxi owners provide helmets and raincoats during rain.

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