Following Maharashtra government’s new rules for taxi permit, taxi unions in the state are contemplating various moves, apart from moving the high court and asking for time to learn Marathi, reported IANS.
The new rules make knowledge of Marathi and 15 years of residency in the state mandatory for taxi permits.
The Mumbai Taximen’s Union (MTU) said that it would move the Bombay High Court to challenge the government’s move and was consulting lawyers in the regard, said report.
AL Quadros described the government’s decision as “undemocratic and discriminating” and totally unacceptable to Mumbai’s taxi drivers.
Also, he said that the cabbies could even resort to a step like mass agitation shutting down taxi services in the city to protest against the decision, said report.
While, City Taxi Union head Mushtaque Qureshi has appealed to the government to give taxi drivers sufficient time to learn Marathi.
However, State Transport Commissioner Dilip Jadhav defended the government move saying that government was only implementing existing clauses in the Motor Vehicles Act.
“Under MVA Sub-Sec. 8(24), the taxi permit holder must be domiciled in Maharashtra and should be able to converse in Marathi. We are now only implementing this existing provision,” he was quoted as saying.
The decision taken by the government will not affect the existing 35,000 permit holders but will be applicable for the 24,000 fresh permits that will be issued over the next six years.