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Ola, Uber will have to get 5-year licence from govt to ply on Maharashtra roads

Taxi aggregators such as Ola, Uber and Taxi for Sure will have to register themselves with the transport authority and get a licence for five years, if they want to do business in Maharashtra.

mumbai Updated: May 19, 2015 20:27 IST
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Taxi aggregators such as Ola, Uber and Taxi for Sure will have to register themselves with the transport authority and get a licence for five years, if they want to do business in Maharashtra.

Currently, with no rules in place, none of the taxi aggregators are registered with the state government. After the Delhi Uber rape incident, the state has been keen on bringing them under the ambit of law. The transport department is now in the process of drafting new rules for aggregators.

“Although the aggregators are providing services, they are not registered with the transport authority. We want them to register with us, so they can be reached in case of an emergency. We are also mulling a few changes to the draft rules,” said Vijay Deshmukh, minister of state for transport and public works department.

The aggregators will have to renew their licence every five years. The renewal will be approved only if all complaints are resolved satisfactorily. The state has the power to suspend or cancel the permit of those failing to comply with the rules, after issuing a 30-day show-cause notice.

According to the copy of the draft rules accessed by HT, deputy transport commissioner (enforcement I) will be the registration authority for aggregators and they will have to abide by the rules and regulations framed by the government from time to time.

The transport department has directed all aggregators to take a number of steps such as installation of GPS and panic button, police verification of taxi drivers and control room facility, among others.

While recommending a temporary ban on Uber in February till they take steps to ensure passenger safety, the transport commissioner’s office had stressed the need for proper rules to regulate taxi aggregators in the state.

Transport department sources said they plan to incorporate the suggestions made by Deshmukh in the draft rules, and invite suggestions from people too. Deshmukh has suggested steps such as sending text messages or e-mail to five relatives of a passenger in case of an emergency, installation of a light on the dashboard to ensure the GPS is working, among others.

TAXI AGGREGATOR
# “An individual or organization providing a taxi service through a website or mobile application will be called taxi aggregator,” reads the definition of aggregator

# It states that aggregators can operate tourist, luxury, black-and-yellow or cool cabs, by getting passengers through a website, mobile application, call centre or any other option

# Ola, Uber and Taxi for Sure are some examples of aggregators

CURRENT SITUATION
Currently, with no rules in place, none of the taxi aggregators are registered with the state government. After the Delhi Uber rape incident, the state has been keen on bringing them under the ambit of law.

WHAT THE GOVT WANTS
* The state wants the aggregators to get registered with the state and get a licence

* The aggregators will have to renew their licence every five years

* The renewal will be approved only if all complaints are resolved satisfactorily

* The state has the power to suspend or cancel the permit of those failing to comply with the rules, after issuing a 30-day show-cause notice.

* The deputy transport commissioner (enforcement I) will be the registration authority for aggregators and they will have to abide by the rules and regulations framed by the government from time to time