Delhi Government had banned web-based taxi booking services on December 8, and now it is bringing app-driven cab booking services back in the capital. The Delhi Government is making specific guidelines for their operation, including installation of GPS devices along with providing full databases of drivers with the police. The new rules will be applicable to all cabs running in the national capital.
A senior government official told ET that cab service providers will have to register themselves with transport authority and cabs having only NCR permit will be allowed to operate in Delhi.
With this move, the Government is also giving the black and yellow taxi owners an option to register with any cab service company, and cab service providers will be responsible if driver is found involved in any crime. Under the old rules, there was no responsibility on the companies. The newly proposed rules also allows individual drivers running their taxis, to work under any registered company running taxis in Delhi, such as Meru, Uber, Ola, TaxiForSure and so on, provided they follow the norms and registration.
The gaps in the system were brought into light after a driver engaged by Uber had gotten arrested on charges of raping a passenger. The Delhi Government had banned all activities by cab service Uber and other technology based cab providers – TaxiForSure and Olacabs, on the grounds of not having a license from the Government to ply in the city.
The updated norms should come as a relief for the companies involved, as they now have more clarity on the processes and will be less likely to run into such troubles again in at least the Delhi NCR region.
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