Memorandum submitted to Deputy Transport Commissioner

Drivers of maxi cabs took out a rally to the Regional Transport Office on Thursday in protest against what they called ‘harassment’ by the RTC officials.

Around 50 drivers of maxi cabs participated in the rally, organised under the aegis of Visakha Motor Transport Workers Union, an affiliate of CITU, from the RTC Complex to the Regional Transport Office at Madhavadhara VUDA Colony and staged a dharna.

There are around 400 maxi cabs, which have State permits, in the city.

They were paying Rs.17,680 as road tax, Rs.16,000 as insurance, Rs.2,000 towards ‘fitness certificate’, totalling Rs.36,000 a year, according union general secretary K. Appalaraju.

This apart they also have to pay Rs.10,000 a month as instalment to the finance companies and toll gate charges.

The drivers were struggling to meet the needs of their family with the meagre income.

He alleged that the RTC was instigating the Transport officials to conduct raids on the maxi cabs on the plea that the RTC was incurring losses. The RTC staff were even stopping the cabs mid-way and making the cab passengers alight and make them board RTC buses. The police were also conducting raids and imposing fines even though everything was in order.

The union leaders regretted that the RTC was targeting them instead of initiating action against the big private transport operators who were operating right under the nose of the RTC and making a dent in its revenue.

Later, they submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Transport Commissioner G. Krishnaiah seeking justice. The DTC told the union leaders that they would be invited to the monthly road safety meetings to be held with the RTC and police where they could present their grievances.

He advised the maxi cab drivers against indulging in overloading of their vehicles as it could result in accidents.

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