Tuesday, 21 May, 2019

Tourists in Goa troubled with taxi drivers strike

Taxis off the road in Goa for second day Tourists in Goa troubled with taxi drivers strike
Russell Knight | 20 January, 2018, 16:44

"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.

The North Goa Tourist Owners' Association hit out at the government on Wednesday for threatening to take action if they went ahead with the strike on January 19.

PANJIM: Tourists across the State weren't much inconvenienced, as arrangement made by the government to foil the strike called by taxi operators, kept the industry wheels moving without a pause. 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".

A number of passengers were stranded at various places, including the airport and railway stations.

Goa Transport Minister Sudin Dhavalikar on Friday said that government has taken a strong view against all those taxi operators who have been hired by various government departments for official work and have not reported to work due to the "illegal" taxi strike.

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The statement clarified that decision of invitation to private cabs to operate in the state "shall lie upon the office bearers of the taxi union".

Parrikar has now issued a deadline of February 24, 2018 for the striking drivers to install speed governors and warned them that they will be deprived of fitness certificates from the department of state transport. "Let them do anything they want, but we will not back out", said general secretary Vinayak Nanoskar.

The Act includes a list of "essential services" and gives police the right to arrest, without a warrant, anybody violating its provisions. "We can not give them exemption after February 24 by which time they have to install speed governors as per law", the chief minister said. "My support to taxi operators was always there", Alemao said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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