The Delhi government has yet again reached out to cab aggregators such Ola and Uber asking them to file fresh applications to obtain a licence, while reiterating the norms to be followed for the same.
The move comes over a month after the government rejected the aggregators’ applications, and after a recent Delhi High Court directive that cabs should use only CNG as fuel.
“We have made another attempt to reach out to them and the sooner they adhere to our guidelines, the better it will be for them as well as the commuters. We are not against the technology, but one cannot operate without taking a licence from the government,” said a transport department official requesting anonymity.
However, the transport department held that aggregators would have to adhere to the criteria of the Radio Taxi Scheme 2014 and that of the Delhi government if they want to ply in the national capital.
“Even the court has asked them to ply on CNG. 80% of their cabs are of All India Permit and ply on diesel. They will first have to ensure that all cabs are of NCR permit and are running on clean fuel, which in the case of Delhi is CNG. Also, we have fixed the maximum fare for small and big cars and they cannot exceed that limit,” said the official.
As per the rule, aggregators will also have to maintain a call center and an initial fleet of 50 taxis either owned or operated through an agreement with individual taxi permit holders. The fleet size has to be eventually increased to 200 taxis.
At present, Ola has a call centre but Uber is completely web-based. The government has highlighted that it would not relax the norms.
Officials have also said that Uber and Ola cabs cannot operate legally until they obtain licences.
On June 4, the Delhi transport department had rejected fresh applications by these companies, and the traffic police had also launched a crackdown against them. Uber and Ola had submitted a list of details of over 25,000 vehicles to the government. Most of them were found to be registered outside Delhi, and running on diesel.