Goa Taxi Strike Ends, More Time To Install Speed Governors

Goa taxis' stir enters 2nd day black and yellow cabs resume service

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Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told reporters that the installation of speed governors is mandatory as per Supreme Court guidelines and failure to install them would attract provisions of contempt of court.

Parrikar said that out of 17000-odd tourist taxis in the state around 4500 taxis have been fitted with the speed governors and remaining cabs must be fitted with the speed limiting device by February 24. "They (taxi operators) should give me a representation that there are not enough speed governors in the state, and the government will take decision on their request on Monday", he said.Parrikar said that as per Section 110/3b of the Motor Vehicles Act, the state government can grant more time to fit speed governors.

The chief minister said that the state government would be filing an intervention petition in the Supreme Court which is now hearing a petition on the implementation of speed governors. "Fitting speed governors in tourist taxis is not a positive thing", Parrikar said.

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He said that state government was contemplating the possibility of introducing airport taxi services and the GTDC had been asked to invite bids to design a mobile application for taxis on the lines of aggregator services like Ola and Uber. These limit the maximum speeds of the vehicles.

The strike ended at around 4.30pm and the cabbies resumed operations immediately afterwards. "Otherwise they will not be granted fitness certificate to their vehicles by the transport department", he maintained, sending clear message to the agitating cabbies that only Goa can not be exempted when all other states have started implementing the central act. "When other states have not installed it as yet, why should we be forced to do so?" complained Laxman Korgaonka, the President of North Goa Tourist Taxi Owners' Association.

The decision to call off the strike follows Assembly Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo's submission of a written letter of assurance to the operators promising the state government's intervention.

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