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Mumbai railway stations to start prepaid taxi service

August 24, 2011
Travelers to India have been warned and some have also experienced the exorbitant cab rates and scams. A few years back some airports in India launched the pre-paid taxis which gave some guarantee that international travelers will not be scammed into double rates than locals. [caption id="attachment_6046" align="alignleft" width="259" caption="Prepaid Taxi Stand"]Prepaid Taxi Stand at Mumbai International Airport[/caption]Now, the RTO (Regional Transport Office) will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the railways which will ensure that pre-paid taxi services commence outside five major Mumbai stations over the next few days. The first service will be launched at the Mumbai Central station, where taxis will ply as far as Alibaug and Virar. A senior RTO official said, "We will launch the prepaid service in phases outside Bandra and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Dadar and CST stations. Each prepaid booth will be manned by a separate taxi union." For example, the one at LTT will be supervised by the biggest union led by A L Quadros while the Sena union will take charge of the prepaid stand at Bandra Terminus. The senior official said the MoU was the last step towards completing all "formalities" for setting up a prepaid stand. The RTO has already installed a special software for storing data on taxis and passengers, and issuing receipts. It will have CCTV cameras capturing pictures of both the drivers and passengers before they start their journey. This is being done for security purposes. Those arriving at Mumbai Central by suburban or long-distance trains will have indicators directing them to the stand. A railway official said, "Signboards giving directions to the prepaid stand are already in place. We will make regular announcements for passengers, warning them against unscrupulous drivers and asking them to use prepaid service." [Source: Times of India]  

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