After repeated notices from the Gurgaon regional transport authority, UberMOTO — cab aggregator Uber’s bike taxi wing — has started using two-wheelers with yellow number plates as mandated for commercial vehicles.
Cracking the whip on bike taxis running with white number plates, the RTA had impounded about 40 bikes of UberMOTO in May and June. The company was also served notice to explain violations under Motor Vehicles Act (MVA).
An RTA official said the company neither replied to the notices nor complied with the norms until the authority cautioned it of legal action.
“About 20 bikes have been given licences for commercial operations. Each time a biker comes seeking a commercial licence, we asked that a company representative be present to ensure compliance,” said an official with RTA.
After the crackdown, the company gave it in writing to the RTA that it would use yellow number plates.
UberMOTO came under scanner of the authorities after it was launched by Gurgaon Commissioner of Police Navdeep Singh Virk on March 29. Bikes with white number plates were used at the launch event.
In one of its notices, the RTA even compared UberMOTO bike taxis on white number plates akin to “organised crime”.
“We will keep a watch on violations” the official said.
In March, the Karnataka government had also cracked down on UberMOTO for not having requisite permission to offer two-wheeler taxi service and seized some bikes.
There are six app-based aggregators providing bike taxi services in Gurgaon. Initially, some of them used private bikes with white number plates for ride-sharing or bike-pooling. But most of them stopped the practice after being pulled up for norms violations.