To be in charge of all pre-paid taxi stands in the city

Minister of State for Transport Madan Mitra said here on Monday that the police will be asked to take strict action against taxi drivers who refuse passengers and will implement traffic rules against rash driving, overtaking and drunken driving more forcefully.

Mr. Mitra met representatives of taxi operators during the day and assured them that their demands will be taken up with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

“One of their demands, allowing advertisements on taxis, has already been approved by the Chief Minister. The previous government had disallowed advertisements on taxis, but we have told them that advertisements covering up to 50 per cent of the area will be allowed. The specifications for this will be issued in a government order from the department,” he said.

 However, the police will be given directions to strictly enforce traffic rules as well as take action against taxi drivers who refuse passengers, he added.  “If any driver wishes to take a break for lunch, he must clearly place a board on his taxi. Without a board if a passenger is refused, it will be treated as a case of a taxi refusal,” he said.

Mr. Mitra also said that the police will be made in charge of all pre-paid taxi stands in the city with the exception of the booths at the railway stations at Howrah and Sealdah and at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport.


  • Minister assures cabbies their demands will be taken up with the Chief Minister

  • “Allowing ads covering up to 50% area of taxis already approved”