With the growth of cab industry in India, the number and varieties of cabs are also increasing in the country.
Recently, in response to the order passed by the state government, many cab service providers have decided to kick off the 25 years old Fiat Premier Padmini and replace this black-and-yellow cab with a better option.
Most of the cabbies decided to replace the Fiat taxis with the Mahindra-Renault Logan because it is affordable and spacious. But the company refuses to let its car be used as a black-and-yellow taxi. The issue whether the Logan should be converted to black-and-yellow cabs is yet to solve and the Regional Transport Office is still discussing on this. However, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. is ready to give its car as AC cabs.
The cab service providers have also placed other options like the Maruti Suzuki Omni, Maruti Suzuki Alto, Maruti Suzuki WagonR, and the Hyundai Santro. Maruti Omni is the last option as the taxi drivers and service providers feel that with no bonnet the chances of injury are high in case of an accident.
Till now, none of these car manufacturers have actually agreed the use of their car models as black-and-yellow taxis. The government is going to pass a final statement in January which would actually help these cabbies take the right decision.