Maharashtra govt yet to decide on banning Uber cabs in the state

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 15, 2015 23:05 IST

More than three months after the then Maharashtra state transport commissioner, Mahesh Zagade, asked the state to ban taxi aggregator Uber, the government is yet to decide whether it will slam brakes on the cab’s operations.

However, the government has drafted a set of regulations to be followed by all taxi aggregators.

In the wake of the Delhi rape of a woman by an Uber cab driver in December 2014, the Centre had asked all states to ensure such incidents are not repeated.

The transport commissioner’s office in Maharashtra had directed all app-based taxi operators in the state to conduct police verification of their drivers, install panic buttons in all the vehicles, set up manned control rooms, form mobile squads for making immediate help available to passengers, and share drivers’ as well as vehicle data with the authorities, among others.

As Uber was not willing to implement some of the steps, on February 3, Zagade had written to the government, recommending banning the website and the mobile app of the US-based operator, till the time it put in place all the security measures.

In the same letter, he had also highlighted the need for a set of rules to govern taxis aggregators.

Sources in the Mantralaya said the state government has already drafted the rules, but the possibility of action against Uber is remote.

When contacted, Gautam Chatterjee, transport secretary, said a decision is yet to be taken, and the file is under the consideration of the state government.

An Uber spokesperson said the operator would not like to comment on the issue at present.

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