Friday, March 7, 2014

Black Taxis in India

In India, most taxicabs, especially those in Delhi and Mumbai, have distinctive black and yellow liveries with the bottom half painted black and upper half painted yellow. In Kolkata, most taxis are painted yellow with a blue strip in the middle. Private companies operating taxis can have their own liveries but need to get them approved from the government. Most of these cabs do not have an air conditioning system but there are numerous private taxi operators like "Cool Cab" are air-conditioning. Taxis and all other commercial vehicles have a yellow number plate so charging taxes and toll in highways is easier for the officials.

According to The Telegraph, the taxis were first introduced in 1964 as part of India’s self-sufficiency economic policy at the time, prioritising domestic production. The Padmini cars were produced under a license from Fiat in Mumbai. Before long there were over 62,000 of them in Mumbai, taking up daily battles with the city's traffic. Production ended in 2000, but the cars have remained to this day, with drivers patching them up and often improvising with running repairs using old pairs of tights, bits of scrap parts, bicycle chains or pieces of string to keep the engines running and the cars in one piece.

In 2013, the government order that all vehicles more than 20 years old, meaning about 4,500 of the remaining 9,500 Padmini will not have their licences renewed. The black taxis with their bright yellow roofs are as synonymous with Mumbai as the Ambassador is to Delhi or the Hackney cab to London.

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