In compliance with the directions of ministry of home affairs (MHA), the Chandigarh administration has given two days time to the web-based radio taxis operators to stop plying their vehicles as well as applications in the city.
In December last year, the MHA had directed state governments and union territories to ban all web-based radio taxis, following one such taxi's driver raping a woman passenger in the cab in Delhi.
A meeting regarding illegal plying of web-based taxis in the city and to consider the proposal for amending the Radio Taxi Service Scheme, 2006 was held on Thursday under the chair of UT home secretary, which was attended by secretary transport, additional secretary transport, secretary, STA and representatives of Uber, Taxi for Sure and Licensed Radio Taxis Operators.
During the meeting, radio taxi operators raised the issue about the plying of these web based cabs in the city that was flouting the Radio Taxi Service Scheme as well as MHA's order dated December 8, 2014.
The representatives of Uber submitted that they were not the transporters and acts only as facilitator between the driver and the passenger. They held that the web-based cabs were providing cheap and competitive public services.
However, representative of Taxi for Sure said they would abide by any conditions laid down by the Chandigarh administration for operation of web-based taxis in the city and were willing to share the driver details with the police department.
Keeping in mind the safety and security of citizens travelling in taxis, the administration is considering amending the prevalent Radio Taxi Service Scheme bringing in ambit the web-based aggregators under the purview of the scheme and the Motor Vehicles Act.
While amending the scheme, the administration would focus on public safety in passenger service vehicles, contract carriage permit conditions be complied with, fare regulation, one vehicle be attached with one aggregator, fare meters be installed in the vehicles, GPRS, cameras be installed, driver's police verification be displayed on the conspicuous place in the vehicle and vehicles should be registered with STA, Chandigarh only.