Uber, Ola may have been on way to get licences to operate

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 02, 2015 00:14 IST

Just a day before reports of a molestation by a Uber driver came in, the second such case in six months, the government was all set to legally bring back the taxi aggregator and the likes back on the road.

Sources from the transport department said that the department was seriously considering a move to allow the cab services to operate as per the relaxed regulatory conditions issued since the December rape case.

“Almost all major cab operators of such services have filed fresh applications for licensing, which were found deficient in one way or another following the ban on their operations across the country. Documents pertaining to the fulfilment of these and other conditions under the radio taxi rules too were filed with the transport department subsequently,” said a source.

The decision was taken because it was realised only after the imposition of the ban that there were no rules in place for cab aggregators and thus, prohibiting them from operating was not possible.

“The licensing conditions set as per new regulation norms and the feedback from citizens maintains that many are in favour of the operation of these cab services. The government is, more or less, of the view that they should be allowed to return,” it was decided, the source said.

After the incident, officials said this proposal would be reconsidered and legal papers of the services would be verified again.

In a series of notifications addressed by the Delhi government to both Uber and Ola on March 24 this year, they were asked to file an affidavit, declaring that they had complied with the ban issued by the central government.

According to sources from the transport department, both cab services are flouting rules of the ban, solely on the basis of fresh applications seeking registration through front firms.

“They were to either prove that they followed the provisions of the ban by suspending business between the date of the imposition of the ban and the date of their fresh applications for registration under the modified Radio Taxi Scheme of 2006, or invite a case of cheating for furnishing false information through a sworn affidavit,” the official said.

However, when asked why these were allowed to openly flout the ban, no reasonable explanation was given.

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