Will hike in rick-taxi fares be contempt of court?


By Binoo Nair http://www.dnaindia.com/

Rickshaw unions in the city are planning to approach the Bombay high court seeking a state government directives for a rickshaw/taxi fare hike. Some of these unions held a meeting with transport authorities, including transport commissioner VN More, on Monday to press their demand for fare hike.

Speaking to DNA, Thampi Kurien, general secretary, Mumbai Rickshawmen’s Union, said: “The last fare hike was in October 2012. We believe the fare should have been hiked this May. There is a court case going on about the last fare hike. We will be approaching the high court anytime now seeking its permission for a fare hike.”

The matter, according to state transport officials, is complicated.

A consumer forum has challenged in the high court the PMA Hakeem Committee report which recommended the fare, and the government resolution (GR) ordering the fare hike in October 2012.

“Under the circumstances, there is a grey area on whether it would be contempt of court if the state announces a further fare hike as per the Hakeem Committee report. We are checking with the state law and judiciary ministry on what step to take next,” a senior transport official told this newspaper. More info