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Kerala government to launch online taxi, auto service from Nov 1

The Kerala state government plans to roll out its Uber and Ola modeled online taxi and car service from November 1. Labor Minister V Sivankutty made the announcement in a Facebook post. The online taxi-auto service system will be controlled by the Labor Commissariat. The service will be operated in collaboration with the police and legal metrology services.

The state government had called a meeting with the relevant authority on September 4 to discuss the plan. This pilot project will start first in Thiruvananthapuram district. The Labor Commissioner, Kerala Motor Workers Welfare Fund Board (KMWWFB) and ITI Limited have been tasked to effectively implement the online automated taxi system.

The online automated taxi system will be implemented through the Kerala Motor Workers Welfare Fund Board (KWWFB). The council will also prepare the necessary guidelines to implement the services statewide.

The state labor minister further stated that KMWWFB will not fund the money to operate the online auto taxi system, however, it will push the required amount for the promotion of the online auto taxi system. Once the Uber-Ola modeled taxi-drive service begins, the council will recover the amount from the state government.

Those who wish to join this program would not need to attach GPS to vehicles, instead they can use the smartphone for GPS navigation. This facility will be provided in view of the financial crisis facing taxi-auto drivers due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Kerala also has She-Taxi and G-Taxi. While She-Taxis are operated by female drivers, G-Taxis are operated by transgender drivers. She-Taxis offer a particular service to female commuters, however, G-Taxis are available to all travelers regardless of gender. The G-Taxi was launched in 2016 to provide equal opportunity to earn a living and ensure non-discriminatory treatment in society.

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