Indian taxi companies have come under fire in the past for poor customer service, while they have also faced regulatory scrutiny over their business practices.
Here’s how to find out what’s on offer, and what to expect in India.
How to find a taxi driver in IndiaThe taxi industry is dominated by four major companies.
Taxi aggregator TaxiForSure is one of them.
It is one among the biggest taxi aggregators in the country, with over 30,000 active drivers.
TaxiForShort has a presence in the state of Gujarat.
The company has a base in Hyderabad, Mumbai and Bengaluru.
In India, the most popular taxi services are Uber and TaxiForYou.
Uber’s fleet is more than 200 million vehicles.
TAFE is the most widely used taxi service in the nation, with around 5.5 million vehicles in service.
Uber and TAFES have also been embroiled in a series of controversies over the past few years, and have had to be shut down by regulators.
Tafecom, the second largest taxi aggregator in India, was also shut down earlier this year after it was accused of not following strict rules for customer service.
A total of 2.7 million drivers in India are in the taxi industry.
While these drivers can earn as little as Rs. 1,500 per day, they can earn anywhere from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 250,000 per day.
Drivers are also required to be fingerprinted to be eligible for work in the industry.
They are also fingerprinted on their mobile phones, which are also used for identification purposes.
Some of the major players in the Indian taxi industry have faced regulatory criticism.
Taxi drivers in Kerala are among the most vulnerable to the new rules.
In 2017, a government-appointed committee recommended that all taxi operators, taxi companies and private hire operators be required to obtain a licence and register with the Ministry of Labour.
However, the government has not taken up the recommendation.
A recent report by the government-run National Institute of Civil Aviation (INCAP) said that the country has lost around 200,000 taxi drivers since January 2017, and warned that the industry was in a precarious position.
Taxi companies have already started a petition to the Ministry for Transport (MoT) to take steps to address the problem.
“The situation in the sector is not good,” said Praveen Sharma, a Mumbai-based transportation consultant.
“The industry is facing many challenges and is facing a lack of expertise and support.
There is a need for a complete overhaul of the taxi sector and there needs to be more emphasis on training and skills development.”
Taxis in IndiaTafesem, which is owned by TaxiForshort, has more than 30,00 active drivers, including the driver for the Mumbai-Kolkata metro, in addition to its other drivers in the states of Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Tafeseman is one such driver, who drives a taxi in Hydera.
“I am one of the drivers who have been working in Hyderabadi.
It was the only place I could get paid.
We are not the only drivers who earn Rs. 2,500, but there is plenty of other drivers who make as much as Rs 10,000,” he told NDTV.
He said he earns around Rs 2,200 a day, or Rs. 25,000 for the month of May.
“Tafem is also the only provider in the city.
So, I can earn up to Rs 1,000, which would be enough to support my family.
But, the drivers are not given enough training,” he added.
In Hyderabad city, the city’s taxi drivers earn an average of around Rs 3,000 a day.
But the driver is only able to make around Rs 10 a day if he drives a metro car.
In Karnataka state, there are a number of taxi aggregates and other taxi companies operating in the capital city of Kolkata.
The main one, TaxiForKarnataka, operates at an average price of Rs 1.75 lakh per driver per day in the area.
In the neighbouring state of Andhra, TaxiFone is also one of India’s biggest taxi services, with a base of around 20,000 drivers.
TaxiForKolk, which operates in Hyderagad and Karnataka city, has a fleet of over 20,00 vehicles.
A driver is paid Rs 2.00 for each kilometer driven.
A total of 20,800 drivers are working in Karnataka.
Taxifers in KeralaCity’s taxi industry has been struggling to survive for several years.
There have been protests against Uber and Tafe, and even as a result of the ban on ride-sharing apps, some cab drivers have resorted to paying for rides using cash or credit cards.
TaxieForKrishna is one example.
He works in Kolkashi. “My