Uber given seven days to furnish details for licence

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 18, 2015 23:43 IST

The Delhi transport department has given Uber — a US-based taxi hailing service — seven days to remove deficiencies in its application if it wants to procure licence to run web-based cab booking services in the Capital.

Senior transport department officials said that Uber's application would be rejected if the company failed to furnish documents desired by the department.

"We had issued two deficiency notices to Uber in the last three weeks but the company failed to respond to either of them. We have now given them a final notice. If the deficiencies are not removed in the next seven days, we will be forced to reject their application," a senior transport department official said.

Uber (through its subsidiary Resource Expert India Pvt Ltd) - along with Ola Cabs and Taxi for Sure - had applied for licence to run a taxi service in the Capital in January this year, after the Delhi transport department tweaked its guidelines for radio taxis to accommodate web-based cab booking companies.

This was done after the rape of a woman, allegedly by an Uber cabbie prompted the government to ban these companies from providing transport facilities.

Sources said the transport department had found deficiencies in the applications of all the three companies. "Ola Cabs has removed the deficiencies but the other two companies have not responded," the official said.

According to sources, Uber had failed to provide the undertaking for parking of radio taxis in its application. They had not mentioned telephone numbers, e-mails and address proof of their registered office in Delhi. The company had failed to provide call centre management details in its application, an official said.

The documents submitted by Taxi For Sure did not have details of drivers and induction schedule of taxis. The details of parking of radio taxis and call centre arrangement were missing from their application, an official said.

An Uber spokesperson, however, said the company was "evaluating the perceived deficiencies in the time period provided by the government."

Plea to re-examine 28 witnesses squashed

The plea of Shiv Kumar Yadav, the Uber driver accused of rape, to re-examine 28 prosecution witness was on Wednesday rejected by a Delhi court.

The court said the plea was an endeavour to "delay the proceedings" and an attempt to "protract the trial".

Additional sessions judge Kaveri Baweja dismissed the plea saying there was no change in circumstances except a change of counsel, which according to her, was no ground for allowing the application.

"The application under consideration is thus nothing but an attempt to protract the trial and in fact seek an entire re-trial..."

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