|Illegal taxis cash in on loopholes in law|
GOALPARA, May 17 - There have been several instances where basic laws have been flouted in the district. The number of cases is also on the rise where the private vehicles operate illegally as commercial taxis by flouting laws and taking advantage of the existing loopholes in the system making it difficult for the enforcement officials of the district transport office to detect and punish the violators of such cases.
According to the DTO, Homen Das, as per the law, all the private commercial vehicles require permits to operate taxi services and permit regulations make it mandatory to use yellow number plates. However, it is basically difficult for the enforcement officials to curb the illegal taxi service as the officials do not have sufficient evidence against private vehicles running as commercial taxis until and unless the passengers provide evidence against the operators, in case the vehicles are stopped for inspection.
These vehicles are not even parked in any taxi stands. Rather those are stationed in some prominent and free spaces making it difficult for the authorities to differentiate between a private and an illegal taxi.
Besides, as these vehicles do not follow any norms of the transport authority meant for commercial vehicles regarding their condition, the same in case of illegal taxis are generally overlooked. The passengers are thus exploited by having to cough up exorbitant rates for hiring substandard vehicles.