21 Jun '11, 11am

Sri Lanka rickshaw drivers say no to Tata Nano taxis #SriLanka #lk #nano #taxi @sanjanah

Sri Lanka rickshaw drivers say no to Tata Nano taxis #SriLanka #lk #nano #taxi @sanjanah

Nano taxi in Sri Lanka. -- PHOTO: AFP COLOMBO - HUNDREDS of rickshaw drivers blocked streets in Sri Lanka's capital on Tuesday to protest the entry of India's Tata Nano, billed as the world's cheapest car, into the island's taxi market. The Federation of Self-Employees (FOSE) said its members, who mostly drive smoke-belching tri-shaws, would lose business if a taxi service using Nano cars launched earlier this month was allowed to expand. The Nano service is pitched at a lower price than air-conditioned cabs and as a better alternative to the ubiquitous but unstable three-wheel taxis which are involved in a high number of road fatalities. 'We will lose our livelihood if Nano taxis are allowed to flood the market,' a spokesman for FOSE told reporters as hundreds of rickshaws paraded through crowded parts of the capital. The taxi company using Nano cars, Nano Cab, said it pl...

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