After hearing representations by cab-booking services, Uber and Ola, the Delhi Transport department has found no reason to revoke the ban it imposed on all but six radio taxi operators.
On December 8, the Transport department had banned un-licenced cab operators after a woman was allegedly raped in an Uber taxi by the driver Shiv Kumar Yadav. However, after the cab-booking services approached the Delhi High Court last month, the court had asked the Transport department to give them a hearing.
“Their contention was that they are not taxi providers but web-based aggregators. But since they directly accept payment from customers and reimburse the driver, the department considers them taxi providers,” an official said.
He said the department found that the vehicles used by Uber and Ola were not run on CNG and that amounted to a violation of Supreme Court orders. Also, the taxis were operating on All India Tourist Vehicle permits (AITP). Taxis with AITP permits are not authorised to ply point-to-point in any one city. They can only ply from one state to another, the official said.
“The department was of the view that there is no question of reviewing the ban. If they want to operate they may apply to the department’s modified radio taxi scheme,” a senior official said.