Nagaland cabinet approves two-wheeler taxi service

The Nagaland cabinet has approved two-wheeler taxi service in the state with a view to help citizens reach destinations on time, reduce transportation cost and provide opportunities for unemployed youth.

Kohima Two Wheeler Taxi Association (TWTA) had earlier appealed the State government to legalise two-wheeler taxi service in Nagaland and help local youth pursue their livelihood.

The cabinet memo makes it clear that permits would be only issued to bona fide unemployed indigenous inhabitants of the State and, except for the person in whose name the permit is registered, others would not be allowed to drive or hire out to somebody.

Other conditions include that the male rider would be allowed to carry both male and female passengers, while a female rider would be allowed to carry only female passengers.

The routes and fares would be notified and fixed by RTA and the permit could be cancelled if any of the terms and conditions were found to have been violated. Transport & Civil Aviation, Railways and Land Resources minister P Paiwang Konyak will officially launch the two-wheeler taxi after August 15.

To be eligible for registration as a taxi, the two wheeler must be brand new and have insurance cover for at least third party risks at all time as per provision of Sec. 146 (1) of the MVA 1988.

In a representation to the government, TWTA president Chumben B Yanthan and general secretary Kenei Miacheo said that TWTA had resolved to work ethically and efficiently for welfare of the two-wheeler taxi riders as well as provide safe and quality transportation service to the people.