New Delhi metropolis authorities will begin impounding the bike taxis of corporations resembling Uber and native rival Ola if they don’t stop operations in step with a court docket order backing a ban on them, a senior authorities official informed Reuters on Tuesday.
India’s prime court docket on Monday backed the town authorities’s ban on bike taxis in a setback for US ride-hailing firm Uber which had legally challenged authorities to proceed providing the companies.
The federal government has argued that bike taxis violate native metropolis legal guidelines that require them to have a license to supply such companies, whereas Uber argued within the Supreme Courtroom that the ban hurts the livelihoods of its riders.
Ashish Kundra, the principal secretary, and commissioner for transport within the Delhi authorities, stated the businesses mustn’t chase income and as a substitute concentrate on passenger security.
“We are going to concern an advisory to corporations asking them to respect the court docket order. In the event that they fail to try this, we are going to begin impounding automobiles,” Kundra stated.
“They’ve gone past the regulatory framework and are clearly on the improper aspect of the regulation,” he added.
Neither Uber nor Softbank-backed Ola, the largest suppliers of motorcycle taxis within the capital, responded to a request for remark. The 2 corporations had been nonetheless providing bike taxi companies on their app on Tuesday.
Uber says that in 2022, greater than 1.9 million journeys came about to and from metro rail stations in Delhi, a key marketplace for ride-hailing companies, on bike taxi service Uber Moto.
© Thomson Reuters 2023
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