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Old 24th March 2009, 16:39   #1
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Default Reckless Meru Cab Driver. Brushes mirror and Kisses bumper!

This happened to me last month.

Mumbai, 18:10 hrs: I am on my way to Lower Parel using the Tulsi Pipe road. I am cruising at 50 kmph in second lane. As soon as I clear Matunga Station, I see this Logan Meru Cab, MH 01 JA 9694, side by side in first lane. And suddenly this guy starts pushing me into 3rd lane and into a moving truck! I honk to get him out of sleep or just to make him realise that a vehicle is right next to him. But no difference, he is still pushing me! I back off and let the baboon pass. Pass as in, he takes space of a Tata 3516 + bike = one and half lanes to overtake me.
I didnt understand why he need that much of space! So just to give him piece of my mind, I decide to follow him. But by the time I overtake the moving truck on the left, he is already 10 car lengths ahead, overtaking other cars and bikes left, right and center. He nearly misses a stationery truck and a woman with kid near Dadar Station. People staying in Mumbai, knows how crowded Dadar Stn road can be especially evening time. He gets stuck in the first lane and I am again side by side entering Dadar Flyover. I give him few hand signals, no reaction, he again starts squeezing me into the wall and later brushes my right rear view mirror. No apology, nothing! Thats it! After flyover, there is a divider, I force him to slow down and keep behind me. On Elphinstone Flyover, I again hand signal him and asking him roll down his window, he doesnt! I left him behind a slow moving truck and let atleast 7 cars pass by. Even when these cars were passing by, he tried to push one of them on to the on-coming traffic. Wow! This guy is a maniac! I didnt let him pass and he kisses my bumper on Lower Parel Flyover and overtakes me using the lane of the on-coming traffic.
I just left it there, he is a maniac behind the wheel, I dont want to endanger other people's life. I noted down vehicle number - MH 01 JA 9694. He is a well built, dusky guy.
After coming home, I emailed to Meru Cabs on feedback@merucabs.com, till date no reply!

Absolutely reckless driving by this cab driver. Usually they dont drive in such a manner in city, though many seen on highways! And Meru Cabs, please remove the feedback category and crap written there when you dont mean even a single word!

I will never use Meru Cab, ever!
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Drat! I thought Meru drivers were better than the Indicab ones.
Must be in a real hurry to pick up someone. But, surely no excuse to
risk other lives or property for megre gains.
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Unfortunately, the same sorry state of driving continues with Meru/Easy cabs in every city they operate in. All their drivers drive like maniacs, extremely fast in crowded roads and deadly overtakings in highways. Everytime I take them to/from the airport, I feel that it would be the last drive of my life! Road to Bangalore airport is speed limited at 80, they always drive atleast 140 after 10pm (when cops go home!) and that too with one hand, the other hand catering to their mobiles! Just imagine the plight and the tension of the passenger seating behind!!
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Drat! I thought Meru drivers were better than the Indicab ones.
Must be in a real hurry to pick up someone. But, surely no excuse to
risk other lives or property for megre gains.
pervez, our bangalore indicabs are "real softies" if you compare with Meru/Easy cab fellows!

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Sounds like a maniac !!

A mail should be sent to Meru again informing them about the incident, with date & time. I am sure they have log books which will help them identify which driver was driving the Logan at that time.

I wonder why they did not reply !! If it was my company I would have responded promptly and sent you a bunch of flowers. Unless the guy on the mail is the driver's friend.

I am sure action would be taken against the guy. The last thing companies need nowadays is Media Coverage in case of an accident.
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Probably he might have been a long time Indicab driver and recently shifted to Meru!

the Dadar stn road is horribly crowded and i narrowly missed a kiss with a Padmini Taxi. I've seen Innovas squeezing you till they get a space to zoom ahead!

Even the Sion to Parel road is testing time for drivers in peak hours!

Damn someone please set their speed limits to 50 with 3 gears only!!

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Priyank, also mark the email to help@merucabs.com and booking@merucab.com. Register a complaint on their Call Center as well.

I did this some month's back. They assigned me a complaint number and also got regular replies/status updates from them.

Other than that, just sit back. You really cant do anything. After the exit of Gold cabs, MERU seems to have assumed complete monopoly of road mania in Mumbai.
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The driver appears to be drunk, I doubt if he was in his sense!
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Priyank, also mark the email to help@merucabs.com and booking@merucab.com. Register a complaint on their Call Center as well.

I did this some month's back. They assigned me a complaint number and also got regular replies/status updates from them.

Other than that, just sit back. You really cant do anything. After the exit of Gold cabs, MERU seems to have assumed complete monopoly of road mania in Mumbai.
When did the Gold Cabs exit? I still see some of them on the road.
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This happened to me last month.

Mumbai, 18:10 hrs: I am on my way to Lower Parel using the Tulsi Pipe road. I am cruising at 50 kmph in second lane. As soon as I clear Matunga Station, I see this Logan Meru Cab, MH 01 JA 9694, side by side in first lane. And suddenly this guy starts pushing me into 3rd lane and into a moving truck! I honk to get him out of sleep or just to make him realise that a vehicle is right next to him. But no difference, he is still pushing me! I back off and let the baboon pass. Pass as in, he takes space of a Tata 3516 + bike = one and half lanes to overtake me.
I didnt understand why he need that much of space! So just to give him piece of my mind, I decide to follow him. But by the time I overtake the moving truck on the left, he is already 10 car lengths ahead, overtaking other cars and bikes left, right and center. He nearly misses a stationery truck and a woman with kid near Dadar Station. People staying in Mumbai, knows how crowded Dadar Stn road can be especially evening time. He gets stuck in the first lane and I am again side by side entering Dadar Flyover. I give him few hand signals, no reaction, he again starts squeezing me into the wall and later brushes my right rear view mirror. No apology, nothing! Thats it! After flyover, there is a divider, I force him to slow down and keep behind me. On Elphinstone Flyover, I again hand signal him and asking him roll down his window, he doesnt! I left him behind a slow moving truck and let atleast 7 cars pass by. Even when these cars were passing by, he tried to push one of them on to the on-coming traffic. Wow! This guy is a maniac! I didnt let him pass and he kisses my bumper on Lower Parel Flyover and overtakes me using the lane of the on-coming traffic.
I just left it there, he is a maniac behind the wheel, I dont want to endanger other people's life. I noted down vehicle number - MH 01 JA 9694. He is a well built, dusky guy.
After coming home, I emailed to Meru Cabs on feedback@merucabs.com, till date no reply!

Absolutely reckless driving by this cab driver. Usually they dont drive in such a manner in city, though many seen on highways! And Meru Cabs, please remove the feedback category and crap written there when you dont mean even a single word!

I will never use Meru Cab, ever!
Should have complained to the police. If a person is drunk the FIR has to be lodged within three hours, after which the breath analysers and medical tests mislead and the police don't entertain delays.
He could have been booked for drunk driving (non bailable) and rash and negligent driving.
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How's the damage to your car? Not too bad, I hope.
There are some morons who think they own the road. Give them a car, and they visualize it as a battle tank!
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Unfortunately, the same sorry state of driving continues with Meru/Easy cabs in every city they operate in. All their drivers drive like maniacs, extremely fast in crowded roads and deadly overtakings in highways. Everytime I take them to/from the airport, I feel that it would be the last drive of my life! Road to Bangalore airport is speed limited at 80, they always drive atleast 140 after 10pm (when cops go home!) and that too with one hand, the other hand catering to their mobiles! Just imagine the plight and the tension of the passenger seating behind!!


pervez, our bangalore indicabs are "real softies" if you compare with Meru/Easy cab fellows!
Meru can look at fitting a speed limit sensor with a beep, like in Dubai. Everytime a dubai cab exceeds the speed limit, the beep reminds him to come back to under the limit. If you violate it many times, he will have to bear the penalty from his salary.
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Priyank, also mark the email to help@merucabs.com and booking@merucab.com. Register a complaint on their Call Center as well.

I did this some month's back. They assigned me a complaint number and also got regular replies/status updates from them.
Yup will do that.

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Should have complained to the police. If a person is drunk the FIR has to be lodged within three hours, after which the breath analysers and medical tests mislead and the police don't entertain delays.
He could have been booked for drunk driving (non bailable) and rash and negligent driving.
But I dont know whether he was drunk. He was carrying passengers. One uncle and aunty, uncle seemed to be very calm about the way he was driving and aunty was busy watching tall building of Lower Parel.

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How's the damage to your car? Not too bad, I hope.
There are some morons who think they own the road. Give them a car, and they visualize it as a battle tank!
Not much but a scratch on the mirror. But kissing bumper at 50-60 kmph, anything could have happened.
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F50, I bet it made you wish you were in a hefty SUV replete with bull bars and all just so you could ram him off the road. or atleast that your car was like Bumblebee...
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Meru can look at fitting a speed limit sensor with a beep, like in Dubai. Everytime a dubai cab exceeds the speed limit, the beep reminds him to come back to under the limit. If you violate it many times, he will have to bear the penalty from his salary.
Meru cabs in Delhi have such a speed sensor, fixed at 80kmph. The driver demonstrated it to me. There is a warning voice beep, stating you are overspeeding. If this alert comes more than 5 times a day the driver gets docked and loses some money in fines
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Meru cabs in Delhi have such a speed sensor, fixed at 80kmph. The driver demonstrated it to me. There is a warning voice beep, stating you are overspeeding. If this alert comes more than 5 times a day the driver gets docked and loses some money in fines
Does that mean I can slap a reckless Meru driver and run away in 82KMPH?
Do Banga'loo'ru cabs use the same sensor?
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