India is now offering a free taxi service for all the commuters in its cities.
The move is a way to encourage the use of private vehicles in the country’s capital, Delhi, which has more than 6 million residents.
Independent taxi driver, Mr Bruce Pincus, who has lived in the city for a decade, told The Times that he has used his private vehicle since he got married.
“When it rains it pokes holes in my house, but not on the water.
It doesn’t have any problems,” he said.
Mr Pincas family, which includes his wife and three children, has been using a private vehicle for two decades.
“We had to buy a private car for two years,” he told The Telegraph.
Mr Bruce’s wife, Linda, is a student and is looking to take on a new job in a hospital in the next few months.
She said the idea was to allow her to work from home, but it was a challenge to get private vehicles running.
“I’ve only ever had to do it once before.
We had to get a taxi licence and that was the biggest challenge, because the police stopped us when we were trying to get the taxi in the middle of the night,” she said.
“And I have no problem with police.
We’re a peaceful people, so why would I want to do something against my will?”
The taxi is available in Delhi for Rs 5,000 ($8,600).
Independent taxi drivers have been using private vehicles for years.
“The government has started a public-private partnership for taxi services in Delhi.
It will enable us to provide an alternative to the private vehicle,” said Mr Bruce.
“Cars are not a part of the Delhi metro, but I think we can provide an option for people to work,” he added.
The service is being run by the Centre for Taxi Services and is free for people who have a valid private vehicle licence.
Mr Stephen Jang, managing director of CTS, said the partnership would be funded by the Delhi government.
“This is a very positive step forward for the people of Delhi and Delhi’s taxi industry,” he was quoted as saying by the Associated Press news agency.