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Three Uber bike taxis challaned in Chandigarh

STA additional secretary Rajiv Tiwari said three challans of Rs 5,000 each have been issued. Although the bike taxis can operate in Mohali, they do not have the permit for Chandigarh, he said.

punjab Updated: Jul 25, 2017 19:57 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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The State Transport Authority (STA), Chandigarh, on Tuesday challaned three Uber bike taxis at Sector 8 for operating in the city without permit.

The action came the same day as Punjab minister Manpreet Singh Badal launched his government’s flagship ‘Apni Gaddi, Apna Rozgar’ scheme by flagging off 100 bike taxis, which will operate in Mohali and Ludhiana districts.

The Uber bike taxis started operating in the region earlier this month, though the formal launch took place at the Indian School of Business on Tuesday.

STA additional secretary Rajiv Tiwari said three challans of Rs 5,000 each have been issued. Although the bike taxis can operate in Mohali, they do not have the permit for Chandigarh, he said.

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Draft policy ready, waiting for nod

Tiwari said a draft policy for operating bike taxis in the city has been prepared, but not approved yet.

“We have received applications from both Ola and Uber, seeking permission to start app-based service in the city. We are hopeful of getting the approval from the higher ups within a week,” he said.

In the draft policy, special emphasis has been laid on passenger safety. To track their movement, each bike must be equipped with global positioning system (GPS). The aggregators will also be required to set up a round-the-clock call centre.

The STA will issue a contract carriage permit to bikes and will fix the fare to provide people with a viable option. “The licensee will not charge more than the maximum fare specified by the STA. The fare will be displayed on the body of the bike,” said Tiwari.

First Published: Jul 25, 2017 19:53 IST