Mangaluru, July 3: Taximen in large numbers suspended their services on Friday July 3rd, and staged protest against the Ola taxi service.
Dakshina Kannada District Taximen and Maxicab Association organized the protest along with other like-minded associations.
Prior to the protest meet in front of the DC’s office, a taxi’s rally was taken from Jyothi to Nehru Maidan.
Addressing the protesters J R Shanmugappa, president of Federation of Lorry Owners’ Agents’ Association said, the Ola and Uber taxi services are not following the rules of the Motor Vehicles Act. Ola do not have permits. In the state, there are 186 cases of violation of law by these companies. They have been banned in Kolkata and Chandigarh, in a similar manner, they should also be banned in our state too. The union government has issued notification that the deputy commissioner can take any action against these private taxi services. We urge the DC to initiate strict action against Ola and make Dakshina Kannada a model district in the state, he said.
He queried that what is the necessity of permitting them to operate when there are taxies already. He urged for proper action against Ola service within a month, else he warned of a severe protest.
Former MLC Monappa Bhandary, who is also the president of Mangaluru taximen association said, these companies are functioning illegally. Due to this the common taxi drivers are facing much difficulties. We have been submitting memorandums since the past six months. We have met RTO, DC and other officers concerned regarding this, but in vain. Can these taxi companies charge lesser fares from passengers when prices of spare parts have rised, he queried.
K G Ravindra, president of Karnataka State Tourist Vehicle Owners’ Association and Radhakrishna Holla, secretary of Mangaluru Airport Taxi Drivers Association also delivered their talks during the protest meet.
Mangaluru Taximen Association general secretary K Anand, Mangaluru Travel Owners’ Association president Roshan Pinto, Udupi Taximen Association general secretary Ramesh Kotian and many others were present.