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PANAJI: Around 1,400 taxis with different types of permits have already empanelled under GoaMiles taxi app, transport minister Mauvin Godhino said here on Monday, adding that the taxi owners seem to be happy with an enhanced earning.

He also said that under Section 66 of the Central Motor Vehicles Act 1988, every transport vehicle is required to have permit issued by transport department. Any taxi with valid permit can register under an aggregator and carry out business as per guidelines of the state transport authority (STA).

“Any taxi can operate under an aggregator and there is no question of harm to the interest of local operators,” he said.

Local taxi unions are demanding that the state government should scrap the app-based taxi service, GoaMiles, fearing loss in business and uneconomic competition among different permit holders.

“The government has not yet taken any action to the grievances of the local taxi owners. Whether operated through an aggregator or run independently, every cab has to comply with the motor vehicle rules and are under taxi permit. App service provides convenience to customers wherein one can book and get convenient pickup,” the Dabolim MLA said.

Godinho said that there is no such scheme to promote self–employment to buy and operate commercial taxi in the state. However, taxi permits are open as regards to All India Tourist Taxi Permits and All Goa Tourist Taxi Permits.

“The Government has not put any ban on existing taxi operators with regards to grant or renewal of permits. Government issues permits to the applicant who complies with the requirement for granting permits,” the transport minister said, adding, “There is no such provision in the law for issue of taxi licence only to Goans.”

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