Be ready to lie if you hire a cab

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sh Shruti Dargan ■ shruti.s dargan@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

Imag­ine ly­ing to the cops to help your ra­dio taxi driver break the law. Sounds biz­zare? Well, that’s ex­actly what driv­ers as­so­ci­ated with some lead­ing app-based cab ser­vices in the city are ex­pect­ing their pas­sen­gers to do. Ever since the High Court’s ban on the use of diesel ve­hi­cles by these cab ser­vice, pas­sen­gers have been fac­ing a flurry of un­real re­quests from driv­ers to help them dodge the law.

Anuj Sharma, an engi­neer, who used a pop­u­lar cab ser­vice shares, “Soon af­ter press­ing the ‘start jour­ney’ but­ton on the billing de­vice, my cab driver gave me the de­vice, say­ing: ‘Yeh seat ke pichey ki pocket mein rakh lo, po­lice wale aa­jkal check­ing kar ra­hein hai ji. Diesel gaadi al­lowed nahi hai’.”

Another reg­u­lar with the cab ser­vice, Pooja Gupta, a stu­dent, tells us that her driver went one step fur­ther. “He in­sisted that I hide the de­vice in my hand­bag. He even ex­pected me to lie to the po­lice. ‘Agar koi po­lice wala rok le check­ing ke liye, toh aap kehna ki pri­vate taxi book ki thi apne’ were his ex­act words,” she re­calls, adding that she was shocked but help­less. “I un­will­ingly be­came a part of this lie as it was late at night, and I just wanted to get home safe,” she says. Yashika Mathur, a jour­nal­ist, also had a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence. “The driver told me that if a traf­fic po­lice guy stops the cab, I must tell him that I have hired the cab from a lo­cal taxi stand and not from the ra­dio ser­vice,” she says.

And this isn’t the story of just one cab ser­vice. An­juri Na­yar Singh, another jour­nal­ist who booked a cab via another pop­u­lar app, shares: “I had taken a cab from Pi­ta­m­pura to CP. The cab driver re­quested me, ‘Po­lice rokey to kehna ki Gur­gaon se cab book ki hai. Com­pany ka naam mat lena madam. Aa­jkal check­ing bo­hot ho rahi hai’. How­ever, I was clear that I would tell him off if the cops stopped the car.”

Some names have been changed on re­quest

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