Goa: Tough time for tourists as taxi operators go on strike

Marco Green
January 20, 2018

In the wake of the strike organised by the taxi drivers in Goa demanding a rollback of the mandate to install speed governors in the taxis, the state government on Friday disapproved the demand and termed the strike as "illegal".

A leading association of private buses has threatened to join the stir from Monday in support of the agitating taxi operators. We can have alternative facilities, but taxi owners who are striking are our own people. "Government should resolve the issue, all 16 MLAs of Congress will support the protest till the demands are met. All demands are genuine and we will be there with them even to talk to the CM without politics", he said.

"The strike continues even today and not a single taxi will operate in the state". "Taxi association warns all 40 MLAs of working against them in all constituencies to defeat whoever is instrumental in getting outside taxi services", he said.

"There are over 2 lakh vehicles in Goa, yet the rule for installing speed governors has been only imposed on taxis". "We have made a decision to continue the strike on Saturday as our voice has not reached the authorities". Speaking to reporters, Mr Sardessai, who is president of Goa Forward Party, a coalition partner in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government, said, "We also have to think about tourists".

Parrikar said the government allowed tourist taxis to operate by giving them fitness certificates with the hope they will install speed governors by February 24, 2018, the deadline set by the state to complete the process.

Tourists and commuters were stranded on Friday after 18,000 taxis in North Goa and South Goa districts went on strike in protest against the Transport Department making speed governors mandatory in tourist taxis.

"On May 1, 2017 the Central government withdrew the exemption granted to taxi operators for installing speed governors as per advice of the Supreme Court's committee on road safety", he said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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