In the urban transport sector, the Government of India and several states are revisiting their regulatory model to find the right regulatory fit. The Government of Maharashtra has recently released the Maharashtra City Taxi Rules, 2017 (Rules). The Rules observe that application based taxis operate in a manner which blurs the distinction between street hail taxis and pre-booked taxis. Consequently, it recognises the need for regulatory convergence “while retaining the advantages of efficient demand/ supply matching, dynamic price discovery and better commuter experience and up-gradation/ modernization of taxi services.”
In the light of the above, this project aims to undertake Regulatory Impact Assessment of select provisions of the Rules, with the objective of identifying potential impacts on different stakeholders, including incumbent and new taxi service providers, taxi owners, aggregators, government and users. The project will also intend to provide broad recommendations to improve the regulatory framework under the Rules.
The project will primarily focus on four key areas under the Rules: (i) Fleet Composition; (ii) License Fee; (iii) Need to convert to clean fuel; (iv) Requirement of Public Service Vehicle Badge.

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