Notwithstanding the ministry of home affairs (MHA) ban on web-based radio taxis, particularly Uber, a taxi service company that had come under the scanner following the recent rape in Delhi, such taxis continued to ply on Wednesday.
Taxis of different companies were intercepted in many sectors by the UT State Transport Authority inspectors during a day-long drive to check cabs not registered with the UT administration.
As part of the drive, the STA impounded five taxis and challaned them for plying in the city without authorisation. The unauthorised taxis were impounded from near railway station, Manimajra, Sectors 19, 27 and 37. In all 16 challans were issued on Wednesday.
Three taxis of Uber and one each of Meru and Taxi for Sure company were impounded. The Uber and Meru cabs were rounded up near Sector 19.
The Meru cab driver Kiran Pal was moving in the city without name plate, not wearing uniform and the company is also not registered with the UT STA department. Similarly, one of the Uber taxis was stopped near Sector 19. It was being driven by Manjit Singh, who said one could hire the cab only through a mobile application.
Two motor vehicle inspectors of STA, Jai Singh Dogra and Ravinder Singh, challaned the violators plying taxis without permit, drivers not carrying licence and not wearing uniform. The officials said they would continue the crackdown to stop the movement of illegal radio taxis in the city. These vehicles are not registered with the UT administration and the private players are using the vehicles in the city by hiring them on rent of up to Rs 45,000.
The authorities claimed that in case of any untoward incident, it would not be easy to track unregistered taxis.
NO CABS AT RAILWAY STATION
Railway station wore a deserted look as radio taxis were found missing. Following the crackdown on the taxis, the cabs which are generally lined up outside the railway station, could not be seen. With only three companies registered with the UT to ply radio taxis, the other cabs were moving discreetly in the city.