Why city cabs keep con­doms as first-aid

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport - NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: At the Nel­son Man­dela Marg sig­nal, just as the cab swerves away from JNU, Uber driver Dhar­men­dra spots a traf­fic cop. His seat­belt is on, the car is cruis­ing at 50kmph and he is wear­ing a faded blue shirt that he calls his uni­form. “I even have a packet of con­doms in my first-aid box,” he says, fish­ing out a plas­tic con­tainer from the glove box. In­side, there is a bot­tle of Det­tol, parac­eta­mol tablets, bandages and a sa­chet show­ing a cou­ple in a tight em­brace. “Ten­sion Free”, screams the la­bel.

“Re­cently, I was chal­laned for not keep­ing con­doms with me. Ever since, I am very care­ful,” he says. The penalty re­ceipt, how­ever, shows he was fined for speed­ing.

Alarge num­ber of cab driv­ers in Delhi-NCR keep con­doms in ve­hi­cles be­liev­ing it is manda­tory and they could be fined if found with­out it. “It is com­pul­sory for all ve­hi­cles to carry three con­doms at all times,” said Sar­vo­daya Driver As­so­ci­a­tion of Delhi pres­i­dent Ka­mal­jeet Gill.

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