When the government by a fiat says that you need a license to do something, the government (deliberately and knowingly) creates a vested interest.
Government of Maharashtra gives a taxi permit / auto permit. So if I qualify as a driver, I should be able to go and pay a small fee (say Rs. 5k) and get a permit, right?
NO. The government stopped issuing permits in 1994-5. So the people having permits give the ‘license’ on rent to new people who want to drive a car / auto. This is really sad because the licenses are with the powers to be…These people will obviously not want a change.
If a new taxi service provider like Meru comes up, they still have to procure a license for each and every vehicle that they put on the road.
So how come new ‘vehicles’ come on the road? Simple in places like Thane, Panvel, etc. autos ply with zero documentation.
I was once in an auto which had NO DOCUMENTATION. No license for the driver, nothing for the auto.
The policeman who caught him said….’the fine is Rs. 5000 or keep your vehicle on the side of the road’….I went back to my early days and did a quick calculation. OMG this guy is gonna pay about Rs. 500 I thought.
The plucky driver….argued, cajoled, said I have ONLY….and paid him Rs. 40.
I wanted to recruit the driver on our negotiation team!
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