Taxi services

Goa government to introduce app-based taxi services: transport minister

Goa Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho has said that the state government will introduce app-based taxi services in the state.

“All over the world, technology is used in the field of passenger transport. APP-based taxis have become popular and have transformed the transport industry in a seismic way. They bring transparency and convenience and are more cost-effective. This gives the consumer greater freedom of choice,” Godinho said.The Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) fully supports the introduction of app-based taxis in Goa, the minister said.

“Goa Miles is a company in the same field of app-based services and over the years has integrated over 1500 taxis into its system. This has resulted in improved local employment with local taxi drivers. “inside Goa. However, their operations have been hampered by hooliganism and physical force adopted by some local taxi unions with political backing,” Godinho said.

The government should take a strong stance against such behavior and fully support everyone’s right to business freedom, he added. The minister said Ola and Uber should be allowed to operate in Goa with full police protection for their operations.

However, some unethical practices adopted by these app-based taxi operators, such as underpricing and overpricing during certain times, should be regulated, Godinho said.

“The public transport system in Goa is very inefficient and inconvenient. It is a nightmare for the elderly, especially those left alone. Also, rickshaw and motorbike drivers are available at very short notice. ‘places. Affordable app-based taxis will lead to less drunken driving, alleviate parking problems and enable more efficient use of vehicles,” he said. It is therefore imperative that app-based taxis are introduced to Goa, he added.

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