Taxis for quake survivors

Taxis for quake survivors

The government has come up with a plan to help earthquake survivors by permitting them to import cars and start cab service in Kathmandu Valley.

Old and outdated cabs have been operating in the valley due to a ban by the government on registration of new taxis. No one has been permitted to import cars and start cab service for the last 15 years.

After the devastating earthquakes of 25 April and 12 May, the Ministry of Physical Planning and Transport has decided to allow registration of more than 1500 new cabs. The ministry says those who were badly affected by the earthquakes in the 14 worst-hit districts will get priority to register new cabs. But they have to have licenses.

In the first phase, 500 earthquake survivors, one from each family, will get new cab registration permits. And more taxi permits will be issued in the next phase.

Before the ban was imposed on registration of new cabs in 2000, as many as 7,500 taxis were in operation in Bagmati zone. Altogether 1,850 taxis broke down irreparably and were scrapped between 2000 and 2015. The government now wants to fill in this space by issuing new cab registration permits.

According to Madhu Sudan Burlakoti, transport section chief at the ministry, a four-member committee was formed to assess the number of new taxis required in the valley. “Based on the committee’s report, we are granting taxi registration permits,” he says. “It is also a way to help earthquake survivors.”

New taxis can be registered before 15 December.

Source: Nepali Times