Delhi govt bans Ola, Rapido, and Uber bike taxis services
The Delhi government announced a ban on ola, Rapido, and uber bike taxi services in Delhi. As per the notice issued by the Delhi government, the ban will come with an immediate effect. The most popular bike taxi service center is Ola, Rapido, and Uber. such bike taxi service providers will have to stop the service immediately and if they do not abide by the rules then they will be fined. The notice adds that “digital providers… facilitating such operations” could be fined up to 100,000 rupees.
According to the notice issued by the Delhi transport department, the two-wheelers having non-transport (private) registration marks/numbers are being used to carry passengers. The government notice indicates that using personal vehicles as commercial taxis violates the Motor Vehicle Act, of 1988. The move will also affect many customers that rely on two-wheelers via Ola, Uber, and Rapido amid surging fares of cabs. Many also prefer this affordable mode of transport since bikes are more transportable in Delhi’s traffic.
An official told The Indian Express, “There are no such provisions. As per the current rule, taxi services are where there is a driver and more than one passenger. Under this, only four-wheeler cabs, auto-rickshaws, and e-rickshaws are allowed but not bikes. There are certain rules and obligations to operate cab services — the vehicle should have a registration mark; yellow number plates; PSV badge which is issued after police verification; and drivers are supposed to undergo behavioral sessions.”