All taxis (Kaali Peelis and aggregator/fleet cabs) Greater Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Vasai-Virar and Kalyan will have to install speed governors to restrict themselves to 80kmph.
The state transport commissioner's office on Thursday issued a circular to RTOs directing them not to give clearances to any taxi undergoing the annual fitness test unless it has installed a speed governor. Around 300 Kaali Peeli taxis were turned away on Thursday because the required equipment were not installed. Taxi unions now plan to move the Bombay high court against the order.
Union leader A L Quadros has threatened an indefinite agitation from Saturday. "We will take a delegation to the transport commissioner's office on Friday, and if the rule is not revoked, we will agitate on the streets," he said.
A senior transport commissioner office official told TOI the governors became mandatory after a recent amendment to the Central Motor Vehicle Rules.
In October 2015, the road transport ministry had exempted taxis from installing speed governors. All other vehicles had to comply with the rule. But the Karnataka high court in February 2016 had held the exemptions to be illegal. To comply with the court order, the ministry came out with the fresh notification on May 3, removing exemptions for taxis and asking them to fix speed governors, which will have a pre-fitted maximum speed of 80kmph.
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