India certainly has enough cab aggregators and taxi services on the roads.
In fact, on a regular day on any road in Delhi and other Indian cities, you will see a fleet of taxis, either stationary and parked or commuting alongside you.
What if we could utilise these cabs, and equip them with the means to help accident victims?
Well, Wagon Cab, a startup based in Gurugram is doing just that. The company has initiated a taxi-ambulance service and claims that this is the first of its kind service in India. Das Foundation, an NGO based in Delhi is also supporting the cab aggregators in their unique initiative.
Starting with 200 cabs, drivers working with Wagon Cab will be armed with medical supplies and be qualified to perform first aid.
The drivers will approach accident victims as soon as they are notified, and for every victim that they tend to, the drivers will get an additional Rs 500, apart from their regular pay.
Speaking to News 18, Yogita Bhayana, the founder of Das Foundation said, “I firmly believe that this particular initiative will really help out those in need…
Most of the drivers spend maximum time on roads, they are [the] real ambassadors of road safety, and with their help, a lot can be achieved.”
On Wednesday, 4 July, the first taxi ambulance was flagged off in Delhi. For now, the services are restricted to Delhi NCR, but if the pilot project is successful, it will soon be implemented in the other parts of India.
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Uttam Bose, the CEO & Co-founder of Wagon Cab said, “Time plays a crucial role in all our lives, especially in the context of road accidents, with the launch of Hospital Wagon, we are looking forward to [make] the roads of Delhi NCR safer.”
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)