The Khaali Peeli Taxi (Yellow Black taxi) gives competition to private taxi operators like Ola and Uber. They will be launching an app that can be installed on a smartphone for booking cab service at a government-regulated rate, which will be cheaper than private cab providers.
This would mean that the passenger would need to pay Rs.22 for the first 1.5 Km. Private cabs charge around Rs. 100 for the first 4 Km.
Both the Taxi unions have joined hands to make this a reality. There are 35000 Yellow Black taxis in Mumbai. Private operators have made a footprint in Mumbai due to the automation in booking cab service, making it easy to book cabs.
Now this App will allow the traditional Yellow Black taxi driver to become hi-tech. Taxi drivers will be able to register from their phones using the 9211 apps directly.
The 9211 app service is expected to launch by the end of Jan 2016 and is expected to have some impressive safety features. It will have GPS tracking and also an SOS button.
The taxi unions may also be setting up a control room to monitor the active rides. The 9211 apps are expected to have the option to make payments in cash and online as well.
Many cab drivers are excited about the launch as it will help them compete with private cab operators. It is an ambitious plan of taxi union, but it needs to be seen how many Yellow Black (Khaali Peeli) taxis register for this service and if the app can handle the pressure.
The drivers will also need to change their attitude towards passengers by not rejecting rides and become more professional and courteous. Only time will tell.
What do you think? Will the 9211 Khaali Peeli taxi app give tough competition to private operators like Ola, Uber, etc., or will it fade away?
The app is named after a famous Bollywood movie released in 2006, directed by Milan Luthria and Produced by Ramesh Sippy. Actors Nana Patekar and John Abraham played a leading role in this movie.
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