The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has directed app-based taxi aggregators to submit details of their drivers, status of their police verification and ownership of cars.
The women’s panel has issued notices to five app-based taxi aggregators - Ola, Uber, Meru, TaxiforSure and Ridz. A DCW official said the notices were sent in the wake of the molestation of a Belgian citizen by an Ola cab driver on May 7 and the rape of a 26-year-old women by an Uber cab driver.
“Please provide the number of drivers operating under the banner of your company who have been duly verified by the police and the number of drivers whose police verification is still pending, if any,” DCW said in its letter.
Officials said that they have asked the companies to provide state-wise details of drivers who have licences from outside Delhi. DCW has also asked for information about the protocol being followed by them to connect to the police, in case a distress call is received.
“Please provide us copies of all standard operating procedures followed by you for the same, data on response time and a brief summary of all cases in 2015 that have required police intervention,” DCW said.
The commission has asked the app-based taxi aggregators to provide the information within seven days.
The commission said that as per government rules, a taxi should be fitted with GPS and GPRS-based tracking devices, printer and a display panel showing the path traversed and total distance covered.