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Driving change: Govt may let you be part-time cabbie

Driving change: Govt may let you be part-time cabbie

For Shared Mobility, Private Cars Could Soon Ferry Passengers


New Delhi:

The government may soon allow you to ferry passengers in your private car but limit you to make just three-four such trips a day. This is part of the initiative to push shared mobility as the transport ministry gets down to framing a policy for ‘vehicle pooling’ in its bid to reduce private vehicles on roads.

Sources said the policy, which Niti Aayog has mooted, will set the norms for state government to follow in their effort to ensure that vehicle pooling does not end up as a taxi or cab service. In order to ensure safety of passengers, private vehicles will be linked to aggregators accredited by the state transport departments.

These aggregators will have to keep the KYC of the passengers for their safety. Moreover, private vehicles opting for this service will need to have insurance for occupants.

TOI has learnt that the details of such vehicles will be linked to Vahan database (registered vehicles) to prevent their owners to attach the same vehicle with more than one aggregator to breach the number of trips in a day, which will be fixed. There would also be a clear cut provision to bar aggregators from offering any incentive for the vehicle owners to encourage them for more trips.

Officials said the government won’t suggest any fare structure and leave it to the market forces to decide. Moreover, there will be a mandatory audit mechanism to see that the aggregators and the vehicles under this scheme follow the norms strictly.

The transport ministry has held two rounds of meetings with some of the state governments to get their input for the policy. Shared mobility has gained importance in the past couple of years to reduce usage of private vehicles and vehicular pollution.