Karnataka: Unregistered taxi services asked to stop operations

"Taxi services who have not registered in the state will be considered illegal and will be stopped from operating," said Rame Gowda.

By: Press Trust of India | Bengaluru | Updated: December 11, 2014 3:38 pm
Uber rape case. Uber rape case.

In the wake of Centre’s advisory to states to ensure stoppage of web-based taxi services following the alleged rape of a 27-year-old woman executive in Delhi, Karnataka government today said all taxi services not registered in the state will be considered illegal and will have to stop operations immediately.

“All those taxi services who have not registered in the state will be considered illegal and will be stopped from operating. Those who have registered will be legal and can operate as usual,” Transport Commissioner Rame Gowda told PTI. The Centre on Tuesday had asked all states and Union territories to ensure stoppage of web-based taxi services, including Uber.

“The Ministry of Home Affairs has advised the state governments/UT administrations to ensure that the operations of the web-based taxi services are stopped,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said in a suo motu statement in Rajya Sabha. Asked if any time would be given to taxi services to register, Gowda said “no, they can’t operate. With immediate effect they will have to stop.”

On Uber, he said “…they have also not registered, so illegal terms will apply to them as well.” Following the rape of the the woman executive in Delhi by a taxi driver, City Police had on Tuesday issued instructions that all drivers must get their background verification done before December 31.

Instructing taxi drivers and owners that all the 25 permit conditions must be strictly followed, police had said “if the permit conditions are violated by a taxi, the operator or the aggregator, whoever it may be, will be jointly liable for criminal action.”

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  1. Kukuta Chandrasekaran
    Dec 15, 2014 at 4:25 am
    Sir,In chennai, lot of agencies are conducting CALL DRIVER services. It is not known whether they have registered their services or not.If unregistered they too should be considered as illegal service. We had bitter experiance with one leading CALL DRIVERs agenciy. The agency when booking will send the name & his telephone number to customer, but when actually driver arrives home, he is very frequently found to be different. Many agency do not provide their Call Drivers, the UNIFORMS and/or IDENY CARDS to establish their genuines that they are deputed by particular agency. In one particular case a leading call driver agency functioning near in chennai, informed the name of one person but actually some other person came without ID card or Uniform of that agency. How can believe him and leave the car at his custody when we go in for purchase or hospital where we have to spend lot of time. In one case such driver without uniform/ID took away the car to some unknown place telling that there is no place to park near the clinic, and there after during return journey he misbehaved. When agency was informed they did not take any action.For non supply of Uniform/ID the agencies explain that they are expensive and cannot afford. On many occasions it is seen the agencies are at the mercy of call drivers for their contined service to them. If the customer happens to be ladies alone or ir the trip is during dark hours what will happen when the driver misbehaves. Hence the State Government as well as Transport department and Chennai Police should take action on such unregistered agencies and issue strict orders that the Agencies should issue uniform and and also visible ID cards to their drivers. They should inform the customers the name and Mobile phone numbers in order to cross check and in no occasion different driver is deputed. The registration of Call Driver agencies should be insisted and unregistered CD agencies should be declared as illegal operation.