Both, A. L. Quadros, Secretary, Bombay Taximen’s Union and Prem Singh, Secretary of the Bombay Taxi Association spent four days (September 19 to 21) in Singapore attempting to understand how their technology could be utilised locally, but have come to the conclusion that it is next to impossible.
He spoke of Comport, the largest taxi company in Singapore that has a fleet of 17,000 taxis. There, added Quadros, the system is different.
Each driver has to pay the owner of the taxi $90 (Singapore dollars) for every 24 hours of usage. The cost for diesel is borne by the driver and any money exceeding the ninety dollars is his.
Terming the work pattern of the cabbies as ‘slavery’, Quadros said that cabbies in Mumbai would never be in a position to work like this.