In the aftermath of the Uber rape case, all taxi drivers in Delhi will have to go through gender sensitisation programme to get fitness certificate for their vehicles.
According to Times Not.tv, the state government is taking the step to sensitise the drivers about ensuring safety of women passengers. A senior official of the transport department said that after attending the special classes, taxi drivers will be issued a certificate, and then they will have to show it at the time of getting the fitness certificate.
According to the transport department, the two-hour programme will be organised for drivers of every type of taxi, including radio taxis, economy taxis and all-India permit taxis.
The government made it mandatory for all the taxi drivers to undergo the gender sensitisation programmes in order to get a fitness certificate for their vehicles from December 22.
Cab driver Shiv Kumar Yadav, employed with the US-based cab service, allegedly raped a 27-year-old finance company executive in the company’s car.
Every few years, Mexico City’s taxi owners are required to repaint their cars a designated colour.
The uniform standard has helped to control and monitor cabs, going a long way in making a once-notorious business more professional, reliable and safe. The number of kidnappings by taxi drivers has declined significantly.
Taxi drivers grumble at the expense, convinced that the cousin of someone in City Hall owns a car-painting business and is benefiting from the latest repigmentation program. Others view it as an ego trip for the latest mayor, Miguel Angel Mancera, who took office in 2012 and wants to put his stamp on the city’s transportation system.
But last year’s selection of Pepto-Bismol pink as the official colour has led to more than the usual protestations, and not just by the cabbies but also by anyone with a sense of urban aesthetics.
“Any color but pink,” Edgar Diaz, who has been driving cabs for 17 years, told the Los Angeles Times. This will be the third time he’s had to paint what is currently his white vehicle with red trim.
“It’s not right,” cabbie Sergio Olicon said. “Each government wants to impose its own colour. It should be one colour all your life.”
Rufino Leon Tovar, the city’s secretary of “mobility”, said the colour was chosen by a focus group shown a variety of colors. They settled on pink, he said, what he called rosa mexicana. Repainting the cars is part of a broader plan to “regularise” the taxi system and other public transportation, Leon said. According to the plan, by mid-2018 all 140,000 taxis in Mexico City will be painted rosa mexicana.
In the minds of many taxi operators, that raises a serious question of security. In the evolution of taxi livery, in the last 15 years or so the safest cars, from established taxi stands or connected to a telephone-radio network, are now painted white. Street taxis, ones that can be hailed anywhere and are cheaper but somewhat less secure, are generally gold and scarlet. The old and more notorious green taxis - many of them little VW bugs - have been largely phased out.
If all cars are now going to be a single colour, “there will be no distinction between established taxi-stand cars and radio taxis, and those from the street,” said one driver.
A coalition of unionised drivers, Taxistas Organizadas, is threatening legal action to stave off the repainting, which members said can cost as much as $500 or more.
The unions are also complaining about the arrival of Uber and other app-based car services and a city order that all passenger vehicles 15 years or older cannot circulate on Saturdays. Limiting circulation has helped clean up Mexico City’s bad air, but cabbies complain that banning Saturday movement will drastically cut into their earnings.
“They are going to raise the price of gasoline, make us paint our cars, and they haven’t allowed us to raise fares in three years,” said Jesus Luna, “And all on a government leader’s whim.”
Strikes by taxi drivers in protest against high franchise fees and competition from private cars using taxi apps have spread to more provincial capitals across the country, China News Service reports.
According to government-world.com, taxi drivers in Chang-chun, capital of Jilin province, went on strike on Tuesday 13 January. The protest was dispersed by police overnight, but the drivers continued the strike on the Wednesday morning.
Cabbies in Jinan also joined the strike with few taxis seen on the roads of the provincial capital of East China’s Shandong province. Some of the taxis that defied the strike were smashed.
Strikes were also reported in Chengdu, capital of Southwest China’s Sichuan province, and Nanchang, capital of East China’s Jiangxi province, where cabbies gathered on major roads and in front of government buildings in protest.
The strike first started in Shenyang, capital of Northeast China’s Liaoning province, on January 4, and spread to Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province.
The major complaints of the cabbies are high franchise fees and unlicensed competitors using taxi apps.
The franchise fee is as much as 280 yuan (£30) a day in Changchun, and 400 yuan (£43) in Chengdu, according to local media.
Another reason is the emergence of internet-based taxi hailing services, which provides customers choice to call private cars without a taxi licence.
The Ministry of Transport had already banned taxi apps from using private cars earlier in the month.
A revamped plan for a nearly uniform fleet of New York City yellow taxis will go forward, city officials have said - casting Mayor Bill de Blasio as a reluctant cheerleader for a vehicle he has long criticised.
The New York Times reports that most taxi operators will be required to buy the so-called Taxi of Tomorrow, a Nissan NV200, established under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg as the city’s official cab, beginning on April 20. Though Mr de Blasio has opposed the vehicle for years, speaking out against it before and after taking office, his administration was thrust into an uncomfortable position: Nissan appeared primed to recoup expenses, and perhaps more, if the city did not honor the agreement. The company, which had secured a ten-year contract with the city, worth an estimated $1 billion, noted that it had invested more than $50 million in the programme.
The plan has been tied up in court since its inception, as officials in the yellow taxi industry, which includes some of the mayor’s most generous campaign donors, argued that the Bloomberg administration had exceeded its authority in mandating the purchase of a certain vehicle.
In June, a state appeals court ruled that the programme was legal, reversing a lower-court ruling that had initially been challenged under Mr. Bloomberg.
After that ruling, Mr. de Blasio still expressed reservations about the Taxi of Tomorrow. He called its adoption “a broken process on many levels”; lamented that his predecessor “lost an opportunity to create jobs here in New York” by selecting the NV200, which is manufactured in Mexico; and said he remained troubled by “Nissan’s involvement in Iran.”
In December city officials said a revised agreement with Nissan included several notable changes, suggesting the contract was no longer the “exclusive” agreement its critics had long denounced.
For one, Nissan will not have the exclusive right to sell hybrid vehicles. Owners with medallions for wheelchair accessible vehicles remain exempt from the requirement to buy an NV200 as well. In all, officials said, the NV200 is expected to make up about 80 per cent of the fleet.
“Given the legal landscape we inherited, it represents real progress that addresses some of the biggest concerns we’ve had with this program,” said Wiley Norvell, a spokesman for the mayor.
In a statement, Nissan said it had received a “great reception from drivers and passengers” and was “eager to see more” of its vehicles in the city.
Opponents seized on the choice of the NV200 because it was neither a hybrid nor wheelchair accessible without modifications.
Officials argued that the revised agreement would be beneficial to New Yorkers with disabilities, saying the administration had received a commitment from Nissan to reach the production targets necessary to achieve 50 per cent accessibility in the fleet by 2020.
In April, the de Blasio administration approved a 30-cent surcharge on all yellow and street-hail livery taxi rides to pay for the changes. It took effect on January 1.
The city’s revised agreement with Nissan might not be the final word on the Taxi of Tomorrow. An appeal against the vehicle from a group of yellow cab operators, the Greater New York Taxi Association, is pending.
A woman robbed a Bellefonte-area convenience store at gunpoint last month, while leaving her one-year-old daughter and an acquaintance in a waiting taxi, state police said.
Amanda Paoletti, 29, of Wilmington, Delaware, was arrested after police tracked down the taxi and its driver – unaware that her quick stop at a Wawa Inc was an armed robbery – gave police the address where she was dropped off afterward, Sgt. Richard D. Bratz said.
Paoletti, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, pointed a handgun at a 19-year-old woman at the counter, demanded cash and was given an undisclosed amount from the register, he said.
The employee told police she fled in a dark-coloured boxy-style minivan cab, headed south on Philadelphia Pike toward Wilmington, he said.Troopers went to the Wilmington train station, located the cab and talked to its driver, he said.
They also learned Paoletti had left her baby and an acquaintance in the cab during the armed robbery, Bratz said.
When troopers went to the address where the cab dropped them, they learned the acquaintance, who owns the house where she lives, had no knowledge of what she was doing, Bratz said.
A search found Paoletti was in possession of an undisclosed amount of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.
She was charged with first-degree robbery, endangering the welfare of a child, cocaine possession and drug paraphernalia possession.
Paoletti was committed to Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution near New Castle after failing to post $8,000 secured bail.
Mmmm....what a fine example of an upstanding citizen of the state of Delaware. Most people leave their mobile in the taxi as collateral - but your daughter??! - Ed