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CSWO wants action against erring cabs, maxi cabs

 Staff Correspondent

SHILLONG, May 7: The Civil Society Women’s Organization (CSWO) has demanded action against erring taxis and maxi cab drivers who refuse to commute passengers in the city. 
Stating that many public transports like taxi and maxi cabs are refusing to ferry passengers to certain areas within Shillong, East Khasi Hills district since they are more interested to get full-booking from the passengers, especially from Iewduh, Mothphran and in Khyndailad, (Police Bazaar), CSWO president Agness Kharshiing said: “This causes inconvenience to the general public, especially women and children, waiting for taxis.”
She has also alleged that there are also drivers who were charging Rs 250 to some who want to book cabs from Mothpran, Iewduh. This, she feels, is clear extortion.
Permits are issued for public transport by the State Government to help commute public from area to area, and if those permits do not serve the public or are overcharging, then the Transport Department should take away their permits and give them to those who gladly  service people, Kharshiing opined.
She also said that there are certain maxi cabs which only take passengers in the evening to Mawpat but not take passengers on the way like those wanting to get down at Lumshyiap or adjacent areas as the fare to Mawpat is Rs 20 while at Shyiap is Rs 10.
Maxi cabs are financed by the Government under JNNURM and many women were complaining about a particular maxi cab that refuses to take them to Lum Shyiap area from Mothphran. 
The CSWO urges the Government to ensure smooth operation by public transports so as to serve the people well and those not adhering to norms their permits should be seized.  
The CSWO urges the general public to take down the numbers of the taxis refusing to commute them or are over charging and report to the Government or can hand over the vehicle number along with the date the incident happened and the place where the taxis or maxi cabs are overcharging, and not commuting the passengers so that Government can take action.

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