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Delhi high court warns AAP govt of strict action if no scheme to regulate taxis by November-end

The court’s observation came while hearing a plea initiated by it after taking cognisance of a September 12, 2017, incident in which a driver of a black-yellow taxi allegedly offered a lift to a woman and then sexually assaulted her.

delhi Updated: Aug 23, 2018 03:57 IST
HT Correspondent
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In September 2017, the Delhi government had sought four weeks to place the regulations before the court, and on July 31 this year, it sought two more months to carry out the exercise.(HT/Picture for representation)

The Delhi high court has warned the AAP government of strict action if it failed to finalise its policy to regulate taxis running in the city by the end of November.

“If action is not taken by then, we will be constrained to take strict action,” the court said.

The court’s observation came while hearing a plea initiated by it after taking cognisance of a September 12, 2017, incident in which a driver of a black-yellow taxi allegedly offered a lift to a woman and then sexually assaulted her.

Following this, the City’s Taxi Scheme, 2017, has been under consideration by the government.

In September 2017, the Delhi government had sought four weeks to place the regulations before the court, and on July 31 this year, it sought two more months to carry out the exercise.

This irked the court, which directed that the New City Taxi Policy and the Licensing and Regulation of App-based Aggregators Rules, 2017, be placed before the court by November 26, the next date of hearing.

“It points out that enforcement agencies, Delhi Police and traffic police are unable to check gross violation of law by taxi drivers in Delhi, resulting in serious crimes, including sexual violence against passengers,” the court added.

According to news reports, the 30-year-old taxi driver was arrested for allegedly raping the 23-year-old woman at a park near Red Fort on September 12, 2017.

The vehicle did not did not have a GPS-based fare meter, which has been made mandatory by the transport department but has faced stiff resistance from auto rickshaw and taxi unions.

First Published: Aug 23, 2018 03:57 IST