The Premier Padmini was manufactured in India by Premier Automobiles from 1964 to 2000.
The vehicle quickly became the iconic workhorse in Mumbai's fleet of black and yellow taxis until economic liberalization in the 1990s which allowed other models to be produced in India. Local media estimates put Mumbai's current taxi fleet at about 51,000 vehicles, of which it is estimated that about 8,000 vehicles are over 25 years old.
With a government order banning taxis over 25 years old, the number of Premier Padmini taxis has begun to dwindle and, in a few years, they will be gone from Mumbai's streets altogether.
A Premier Padmini taxi travels along Marine Drive in Mumbai. ? Photo by Reuters
Drivers and mechanics of Premier Padmini taxis gather together at a workshop. ? Photo by Reuters
A driver demonstrates the use of a manually operated fare meter on his taxi. ? Photo by Reuters
A taxi driver inspects the engine of his taxi at a taxi park. ? Photo by Reuters
Scrapped fare meters from taxis lie in a pile at a scrap yard. ? Photo by Reuters
A de-registered Premier Padmini taxi is pictured covered in dust with love hearts etched on its windows at the scrap yard. ? Photo by Reuters
A mechanic uses a wire brush to scrub the inside of his taxi before it is refurbished at a workshop. ? Photo by Reuters
A taxi driver takes an afternoon nap next to his taxi in. ? Photo by Reuters
A driver takes a break in his taxi. ? Photo by Reuters
A driver waits for customers in front of an apartment building. ? Photo by Reuters