Goa tourist taxi strike heads into Day 3


Tourist taxis remained off the road in Goa for the second day on Saturday, but the traditional yellow and black cab operators withdrew from the strike declared illegal by the state government. While on Friday evening almost 1000 taxi drivers held a protest meet at the Azad Maidan, more than 200 operators had gathered at Azad Maidan at the heart of the capital city since morning on Saturday. "Now the State government can't do anything about speed governors". Few others also questioned the government as to what are they doing to avoid the problems faced by the citizens in Goa.

The strike, which began on Friday, had been called by tourist taxi associations in North Goa and South Goa districts, protesting against compulsory installation of speed governors in cabs, and alleged harassment by Transport Department and police officials.

As per the issued statement, the submission of the report will be followed by the government's decision to suspend or terminate the permits of the offending drivers. The state-run Kadamaba Transport Corporation Limited has deployed 25 buses to ferry passengers from the airport and seven buses to link railway stations, its managing director Deryk Netto informed the news agency PTI.

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The state government has pressed private vehicles and buses into service to deal with the strike.

Parrikar told reporters that the installation of speed governors is mandatory as per Supreme Court guidelines and not installing them would attract provisions of contempt of court.

Mr. Parrikar said, "Why do only taxi operators in Goa have a problem with speed governors, when taxi operators in Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi do not".