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703 cases filed against unruly Shillong cabs

 SHILLONG, June 9 – Altogether 703 cases have been registered by the Transport department against taxis on charges of violating laid-down rules and regulations here in the city.Informing this in the Assembly today, Meghalaya Transport Minister A T Mondol said his department is aware that taxi drivers were violating certain norms and indulging in over-loading, charging in excess of stipulated rates and refusing to ply on certain routes.

He said 703 cases have been filed against different taxis during the year 2009-10, and in some cases the licenses of the drivers are being cancelled.

“There are 5,721 private taxis plying on the roads of the capital city, besides 787 three-wheeler autos,” he said.

To ease the growing traffic congestion, the Transport authority has stopped issuing further licenses to taxi drivers, except in some special cases like those of surrendered militants, the Minister said. – PTI

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