This was decided at a meeting of taxi unions – North Goa tourist taxi owners association (NGTTOA), south Goa tourists tax owners association (GSTTOA), and federation of tourist taxi owners and drivers Goa (FTTAG) held in coordination with Centre for Responisble tourism in Panaji on Wednesday.
The meeting raised issues of government failure to implement promises that had been made in the wake of recent clashes between illegal Russian reps and local taxi drivers, president of NGTTOA Vasu Arlekar said.
The taxi unions are not merely saying ‘No’ to the Olacabs but also “creating a viable working mechanism that is transparent and accountable to the public”. Olacabs, claiming to be India’s largest platform of car rentals, earlier this month announced the launch of its point-to-point cab service in Goa.
Olacabs founder Bhavish Aggarwal said recently that Olacabs has got a good response in Goa with 50 Goan partners already tying up with Olacabs, which now has a fleet of 75 cars in the state. Olacabs plans to have a total of 300 cars in Goa within six months.
Sources said that the details of the new system are being worked out though the concept of a new system was initiated some months ago. The associations plan to come out with a concrete plan for implementation within six months.
The meeting decided that all existing local taxi operators will now unite to create a new system of operations. “This system will be in line with well-established system in popular destination around the world. It will be operated with sophisticated mechanism to coordinate and heighten efficiency, where taxi operators will market their own product”, Jorge Fernandes, president of FTTAG said.
“By creating such a system, the taxi unions are also hoping to pre-empt subtle attempts to disempower the taxi operators”, said Fr Maverick Fernandes on behalf of CRT.
“Taxi operators will organize themselves under a cooperative model. It will not only deal with business issues but also look into the social welfare of taxi operators too”, said Seby Fernandes, SGTTOA president.
The taxi unions have alleged that the Manohar Parrikar government is supporting car chain dispensations from outside the state. With high rate of unemployment, many Goans have gone into taxi business over the years.