Black n' Yellow taxis, R.I.P.
The black n yellow taxis form a part of that world and today they are on their way out. Is this part of passing of an era? Sure is. Am I shedding tears? Isn't the answer obvious?
The taxi business of today is becoming increasingly the domain of corporates with the resources and ability to meet the expectations of a demanding public. This business is worth some Rs 9,000 crore with a total of 2,35,000 taxis plying the country’s roads. The organised market for personal ground transportation currently makes up only 9% of the total business, but is seen taking a majority of the market-share in about five years.
Taxi companies too are also giving drivers a makeover and insisting on proper grooming and etiquette — a clean-shaven look is a must, eating betel-nut on duty is prohibited and drivers undergo a detailed pre-recruitment process during which their personal histories and habits are put through the scanner.
Well, what can I say other than more power to the Indian consumer! And its about time!