The transport department on Monday lifted a ban on the operations of mobile app-based taxi service provider Ola Cabs in Ranchi till it forms proper rules for such web-based cab services. The department is also set to begin ground work to form Radio-Taxi Scheme (RTS) for Jharkhand.
The transport department issued a directive to the regional transport authority (RTA) for immediate withdrawal of the ban in the interest of commuters.
Transport secretary Ratan Kumar told Hindustan Times, “The regional transport authority had put the ban based on the established rules. However, these services do not come under such guidelines. We have to form a separate rule for such web-based services like in Delhi and Bangalore. Therefore, we have asked the authority to lift the ban till we form a law.”
RTA had issued an order to the Ola Cabs company on Friday to stop the services as it was operating without prior approval from the department.
The order was expected to be implemented from Saturday. However, the company continued its booking in the state capital.
The regional transport authority office received the department’s order on Monday afternoon and withdrew the ban immediately, confirmed RTA officials.
“We have received the order copy from the department and we postponed the ban till a new rule for such web-based services comes in place,” regional transport authority secretary Rajesh Kumar Barwar said.
The department’s decision came as a big relief for thousands of commuters in the state capital. “It is indeed a good decision. Commuters will not have to face the monopoly of auto and taxi drivers in Ranchi,” Ravi Pandey a resident of Ranchi, said.
Meanwhile, the department has started preparations to form Radio-Taxi Scheme in Jharkhand.
“We are studying the RTS of Delhi and Bangalore. The guidelines will include passengers’ safety, vehicles’ colour code and drivers’ dress code,” the transport secretary said.