Coming to your nearest taxi service: Women Drivers

I read in the Deccan Herald today that an institution named Janodaya is training women to drive taxis. Women in bangalore have already made inroads into bus services. They are now conquering another bastion. This is truly good news. I guess the women drivers will be plying only in daylight. However safe the city might be, night driving could still be an impediment for women.

Meanwhile, here is raising a toast to the three new women who will be joining service soon! May their tribe increase!

5 Comments so far

  1. Ravi (unregistered) on February 1st, 2008 @ 9:58 am

    This is welcome news indeed and the airport authorities could do well to have a separate stand for them. From the looks of it, the women drivers will not be short of business – for one, they will have a ready clientele from among travelling lady executives & ladies visiting India from abroad.

  2. MY3 (unregistered) on February 1st, 2008 @ 10:43 pm

    I thought this idea was mooted many years ago! Is still something that is yet to be implemented. Though it does sound like a good idea, especially with the late night flights coming into the new airport.

  3. Satyam (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2008 @ 1:56 am

    It would be interesting to compare the type of accidents and number of accidents once we have enough number of male and female drivers.

  4. Peter Burgon (unregistered) on February 5th, 2008 @ 11:54 pm

    I don’t know about there but here at Stansted Airport Taxi Service we have quite a few women Taxi drivers. It’s always interesting to see how things are different in countries around the world.

    If you do get to England look up Stansted Meet and Greet Service at Stansted Airport. If I am ever in your part of the world I will be sure to do the same.

  5. preran (unregistered) on February 6th, 2008 @ 4:10 pm

    Ravi, My3, Satyam: Thank you for your comments and insight.

    Peter: I have been saving up money for that trip to England, and I will for sure keep your advice in mind. It is not as safe for women to drive in India as compared to most developed countries. The security net for them is not in place, and there is always the threat of sexual abuse around the corner. Just the very fact that these ladies have stormed a male dominated bastion in India deserves to be applauded. I do hope that society will not play spoilsport to such efforts.

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