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Old 27th November 2009, 18:13   #31
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Its very very hard to justify banning it as a taxi when the Indian government sees nothing wrong in normal folks buying it. If anything, let the government be consistent. Is it safe? If yes, then let it be used as a taxi. If its not, why is it being sold to private owners. Heck, its even used by many many hospitals as ambulances.
Totally agree with this.How can one ban something which is used by the rest of the nation in terms of cabs or private vehicles.

Is the Omni banned by the WB govt for use by private owner's too?If that is the case then the ban is justfied.
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Old 27th November 2009, 18:26   #32
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To really understand this ban it is important to understand how cars are used (abused) in Kolkatta, uneven roads, non existent traffic knowledge and road sense, any one coming from any where and trams on the roads.

I had witnessed a shunt on a clean clear stretch of road, it was raining and night time in Kolkatta, where visibility was limited. A santro cut a lane, an ambassador taxi came from the left of the santro banged it (about a 10kmph shunt), and went off, no one stopped, neither the santro nor the amby taxi.

This is the way people drive there. I've seen two amby taxi drivers taking out road rage by banging their cars while moving opposite Forum (Elgin Road) in Kolkatta. This happened late at night.

A poor omni wont last five months in the rough traffic there. Anyways, the ban is rightful. The WB govt might just have enough accident fatalities data to back the ban if it goes to the courts.
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Finally, someone realised it! It should have been banned years back! And Maruti is right.. its safe(r) than auto rickshaws!!
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I completely support this move by the WB government. I will go on record saying that the Omni is the most unsafe vehicle by design in this country today.

Not having sufficient accident figures (as is most likely the case) is not justification of its safety.
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Justified. Again, justified.
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Justified. Again, justified.
Saying it twice doesn't make it true
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I have seen omni 8 seater (white board - private car) being used as school van with 10-12 kids + driver cutting in and out of lanes under heavy traffic - hope the directive stops that.
One of my friends owns a omni, and by my experience, the car is very unstable and always tends to topple at high speed curves.
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Yes, the Omni is unsafe in the event of a crash. But, think of it, with its 1950s constuction, how safe is the Ambassador? It is safer than an Omni, but honestly, the Indigo should replace it.
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Completely justified, but redundant move. Kolkata cab drivers and passengers swear by the Amby, it forms the character of the city, so no van could ever take its place.

Omni was approved as a cab a few years earlier, thre were just a couple of them for a few months, then everyone forgot about them.

I have seen two Indigo taxi's on the road, yellow with blue stripe. Spoke to one of the cabbie's, he wasn't very happy, he had only taken it on rent, and he was missing the Amby bootspace as well as road presence. 60 yr old still rocks.

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Cheers to WB Govt, Omni is totally unsafe vehicle. It would be great if this is implemented all over the country.
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I support the move (partially) as well.

I dont see much logic in banning a car, but i think government should encourage companies to come up with better alternatives to the Omni.
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I completely support this move by the WB government. I will go on record saying that the Omni is the most unsafe vehicle by design in this country today.
What about the auto rickshaws?

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I feel this is a totally random move. I think if they are really concerned about safety, they can ban auto rickshaws first and really enforce compulsory seatbelt and helmet laws.

Starting off by banning Omni's IMHO is too dumb and not really going to affect mortalities much anyway. I don't support this at all.
If they want to do this, they might as well ban Omni's entirely, why only as taxis?
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What about the auto rickshaws?
They are glorified carts anyway !
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the main reason is the toughness of the AMBY's carrying huge load over the broken road surfaces. The only reason Amby's win hands down.
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The decision may also have a bearing on the unruly Kolkata traffic wherein you find buses, trucks,minibuses, handcarts and even recklessly driven Ambys either alongside or near your bonnet or just touching your car's side or back or fender without any notice. Kolkata traffic is unsafe for two wheelers and the Omni is only a little bit safer than any two wheeler.
But if they were so much concerned about safety, why allow private owners to ply the Omni ? Are their lives cheaper than that of the taxi drivers and passengers?
An Omni with a gas cylinder within and with about 15-20 school children seated can be the most dangerous thing on the roads ever!
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