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Getting rides on rainy day is tough

It has been a complete disappointment for people who found themselves stranded without a taxi or an autorickshaw on rainy days. The non-availability of call taxis is mainly because drivers prefer to stay off the road. —file Photo: M. Periasamy

It has been a complete disappointment for people who found themselves stranded without a taxi or an autorickshaw on rainy days. The non-availability of call taxis is mainly because drivers prefer to stay off the road. —file Photo: M. Periasamy  

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More and more people find themselves stranded without a taxi or an auto on rainy days. Whenever they try to book a ride, the usual response they receive is, ‘drivers are not available’.

Some call centres say the vehicle will be available only after an hour or so that the customers turn down the service. “A taxi operator asked me if I would call back after three hours,” says D. Ruby of SIHS Colony who wanted a vehicle to get back home from a hospital.

Taxi and autorickshaw fleet operators say the number of calls increase by 60 per cent to 100 per cent during rains. The non-availability is mainly because drivers prefer to stay off the road mostly because of flooding, lack of visibility and potholes on the damaged roads. Another reason is the increase in the turn around time.

On a rainy day it takes three times the usual time taken to complete a ride, says an operator. Drivers have an option to stay off roads, but it affects the operators too.

Some operators say they are bound to extend the service to their regular customers. Another operator said drivers request them not to detail them for areas where there is flooding or heavy traffic congestion.

For owner-driven vehicles, there are other considerations.

“I don’t want my vehicle to get damaged for the sake of a trip on flooded roads,” says driver R. Munusamy who was prepared for a pay cut for staying off roads when it rained.

“There are commuters who book a ride and then leave before our vehicle reaches them. This is frequent on rainy days and it affects our manpower, fuel and time,” says Managing Director of Makkal Auto T. Selvaraj.

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