Uber, Ola and TaxiForSure cabs on Delhi's roads despite ban

Delhi's transport department first banned Uber on Monday and then cracked down on Ola Cabs, Taxi for Sure and TaxiPixi, but Uber and Ola continued to book passengers through their apps. FIR against Uber for cheating, driver booked for forgery

india Updated: Dec 09, 2014 14:16 IST
Atul Mathur
Atul Mathur
Hindustan Times
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All internet-based taxi firms were banned in Delhi after a passenger was allegedly raped by a driver contracted to US online cab company Uber, but the web apps of these firms continued to function.

Delhi's transport department first banned Uber on Monday and then cracked down on Ola Cabs, Taxi for Sure and TaxiPixi, but Uber, Ola and Taxi for Sure continued to book passengers through their apps.

Hindustan Times booked cabs with Ola, Uber and Taxi for Sure on Tuesday morning for different destinations and also received confirmation messages and emails from the two companies. The Delhi government, it appears, is still trying to figure out how to implement its orders.

A senior transport department official said the companies themselves should take note of its public notice and stop plying cabs.

"We will soon have discussions with the information technology department to understand the provisions of the IT Act under which we can prevent Uber application to be downloaded on smartphones or from being used to book cabs," said a transport department official who did not want to be named as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

While Ola Cabs did not respond to phone calls, text messages and an email sent to them, a source close to Uber said they will continue to operate unless they get a communication from the government.

Meanwhile, union home ministry has also asked the governments of other states to prohibit activities of web-based transport companies.

According to a transport department notification, only six radio taxi operators - Meru, Mega, Chanson, Yo, Air and ?Easy - are authorised to run radio taxi services in Delhi.

"All other transport service providers through web based technology, who are not recognised, are prohibited from providing such services till they get licence from the transport department," the notification said.

Uber, Ola Cabs, Taxi for Sure and TaxiPixi are mobile-application based cab booking services that have been operating in Delhi since the past few months. According to an estimate, close to 10,000 taxis are associated with these applications.

First Published: Dec 09, 2014 11:57 IST