外文标题：221 women apply to drive taxis in Mumbai
MUMBAI: For the first time, the state transport department has opened the doors to women to drive black-and-yellow taxis in Mumbai. The invite has received an overwhelming response, with 221 women sending their applications.
In another first, the department has also received applications for taxi permits from three transgenders, two from south Mumbai and one from the suburbs.
"We have never had a transgender plying a taxi and this will perhaps be the first time that such an opportunity will be given to them. But it also depends on the applicants winning the lottery, which will be held in October," an RTO official said.
According to transport officials, it might not be an easy job for the woman who will enter the unorganized sector. "These are black-and-yellow taxis and an unorganized sector, where women drivers will have to face all kinds of passengers. But the possibility of a difficult time has not deterred 163 women from Mumbai, including 122 from the island city, from applying for a permit," said a senior transport official. "We also have candidates from Vasai, Thane, Kalyan and Navi Mumbai."
The permits will be allotted through a lottery system on October 10. As many as 27,220 candidates have applied from the Mumbai metropolitan region for 7,800 permits on offer. The processing fee were accepted till Monday afternoon after which the online process was closed. "Around one-fourth of the total number of candidates will be given permits," said an official. Taxi union leader A L Quadros has threatened to move the high court if a majority of the permits do not go to those from greater Mumbai.
许可证将通过定于10月10日的摇号系统来分配。来自孟买都市区多达27220候选人申请7800张许可证。截止周一，手续费停止收取，随后网上报名被关闭。“总候选人中大约有四分之一能够拿到许可证，”一位官员说道。出租车工会领袖A L Quadros发出威胁，称如果许可证并未多数发放给来自大孟买的申请者，那么他将诉诸高等法院。
Statistics shows among the applicants, 1,062 are graduates and 20 are believed to have post-graduate qualifications. Some of the applicants are auto drivers who are eligible to apply for taxi permits this year.
Women empowerment !
Rather than lottery system there should be skill and efficiency test. And why limit at 7 or 8000 parmits let the market decide how many we need.....
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candu with time (Unknown)
Changing shades of TIME! Compared with any other Metropolitan city of India, Mumbai would be best city for the female cab drivers. Transportation department may define preferred route and timing for this enterprising group of persons to overcome any hassle in the future. Noticing the Graduates, and Post Grads in the loop is another good news, which may enable us in slowly phasing out the pimps, and history sheeters from the trade. Good Luck to Lottery Winners!
Lottery system will not ensure driving skill and attitude. Of drivers.un deserving may enter.
We need more... and we need sexy ones... with nice sense of dressing...
Things are changing in India slowly!221 women have applied for the post of Taxi Drivers! & 3 Trans genders have applied for Taxi permits! This is a tremendous response as nothing like this was advertised or applied for! The request by the transgenders is particularly encouraging! slowly they are coming out from their shell into society & the public have started accepting them as equals!!
Bansi Lal (Pune)
Let us hope that the experiment is very successful.
KIM D (Unknown)
Great !! Women passenger shall be more safe now to take taxis !! Also employment to Women is good for their living and support family !!
We anticipate a lot of accidents in Mumbai now.
God Bless them... Mumbai is much safer than Delhi.
Saloni Parmar (Pune)
Thats very encouraging indeed. We should see more women taxi fleets for good in such big cities