No more bike taxis in Delhi: Ola, Uber and Rapido riders could face up to Rs 10,000 fine and jail time
Ride-sharing aggregators such as Ola, Uber and Rapido who offered two-wheeler taxi services have been served a public notice by the Delhi Transport Department to immediately stop bike taxi services in the capital. This comes weeks after Rapido challenged the Bombay High Court’s order directing the aggregator to stop bike, taxi and rickshaw services in Maharashtra as it did not have the required license. Rapida had challenged the order in the Supreme Court and asked for relief, the SC declined relief and all three aggregators had to stop such operations in the state.
According to the notice, bike taxi services were being offered on privately registered two-wheelers, which is a direct violation of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988. “It has been brought to the notice that two-wheelers having non-transport (private) registration mark/numbers are being used to carry passengers on hire which is a purely commercial operation and a violation of Motor Vehicle Act, 1988,” the transport department.” The notice said.
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It has further been announced, those riders found violating the rules will be fined Rs 5,000 for the first offence and a Rs 10,000 fine and imprisonment for any subsequent offences. The driving license of the violator will further be suspended for a minimum period of three years.
Furthermore, the notice named Ola, Uber and Rapido and said these and any other digital platforms facilitating such an operation will be slapped with a fine of Rs 1 lakh, under the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988.
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