Cabbies protest govt’s decision to add new taxis

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jul 29, 2015-

Taxi entrepreneurs close to Mohan Baidya-led CPN-Maoist took out a massive demonstration rally in the Capital on Wednesday protesting government’s decision to add new cabs in the Valley. The rally caused huge traffic jams at major city roads throughout the morning and afternoon.

Some 500 taxis associated with Swastik Self-employed Taxi Entrepreneurs Association and All Nepal Trade Union Federation participated in the rally which was taken out simultaneously from Jorpati, Maharajgunj, Balaju, Kalanki, Lalitpur, Koteshwor and Airport, and converged in an assembly at Khula Manch. Due to inadequate space there, taxis could be seen parked outside the ground along the Sundhara-Ratnapark road.

The protesting cabbies demanded that the government scrap its decision to add 1,850 new taxis in the Valley and discontinue the use of taxis more than 20 years old arguing that the decision favours certain vehicle importers to the detriment of existing drivers. Earlier, the government had directed Bagmati Transport Management Office to add new cabs in the zone strictly specifying that they be of 800cc.

The decision, if implemented, will hit incomes of existing self-employed taxi drivers and labourers, politburo member of CPN-Maoist and Newa State Special Committee In-charge Dinesh Sharma said. He also accused the government of making 

such decision under the influence of certain vehicle dealers who are to benefit from the import of new taxis and providing no alternative to those entrepreneurs who have been in the business for more than 20 years.

CPN-Maoist Vice-chairman CP Gajurel had participated in the protest programme to express his party’s solidarity with the protesters. Protesters have urged the government to take their matters into consideration while also threatening to intensify their demonstrations if the government carries on with its plan.

Published: 30-07-2015 08:05

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