Uber, Ola, Taxi4Sure And TaxiPixi Banned By Delhi Government
Uber, which used to be quite a popular online taxi-hailing service which is now banned by Delhi Government after the Delhi rape incident.
Late on Monday, Delhi Transport Department found only Mega Cabs, Easy Cabs, Meru Cabs, Chanson, Air Cabs and Yo Cabs were licensed to operate radio taxis, where Delhi Government said:
“Public is hereby informed that only Easy Cab, Meru Cab, Mega Cab, Chanson Cab, Yo Cab and Air Cab are licensed with the Transport Department to provide Radio Taxi services in the city. All other cab services which use web-based technology, which are not recognized, are prohibited from providing such services in the NCT of Delhi till they get permission from the Transport Department.”
Finally the Delhi Government have decided to ban services that includes: Uber, Ola, Taxi4Sure & TaxiPixi, which operate the web-based system and have been suspended to ride on NCR streets until they abide and follow proper existing regulations.
Special Commissioner of Delhi Transport Department, Satish Mathur said:
“The services of Uber have been blacklisted. We have just issued an order saying Uber’s activities stand banned in Delhi”
Home ministry officials announced that the Centre would soon write to other states where it is noticed to run in 10 other cities, to ban the company’s services as soon as possible as it is found violating the Motor Vehicle Rules of 1988.
Uber said on Tuesday that it will work with the Government “to establish clear background checks currently absent in their commercial transportation licensing programs.” Home Minister Rajnath Singh made a statement in Parliament, “who are leading the way on women’s safety here in New Delhi and around the country and invest in technology advances to help make New Delhi a safer city for women.”
Uber banned came when it was banned in the Netherlands or risk paying a fine of 10,000 euros per violation. On this a senior Uber official said to ET that no communication has been received yet about the ban and shall contest it in the court. Uber’s Asia chief Eric Alexander stated- “the company was willing to compensate the woman, set up a call center to allay safety concerns and even willing to be governed by a regulatory and licensing regime.”
The complete message by the CEO on Uber’s blog:
“What happened over the weekend in New Delhi is horrific. Our entire team’s hearts go out to the victim of this despicable crime. We will do everything, I repeat, everything to help bring this perpetrator to justice and to support the victim and her family in her recovery.
We will work with the government to establish clear background checks currently absent in their commercial transportation licensing programs. We will also partner closely with the groups who are leading the way on women’s safety here in New Delhi and around the country and invest in technology advances to help make New Delhi a safer city for women.”