Uber looks to return to Delhi roads with new licence

Similar taxi aggregators are learnt to have sought permission from the government to ply on Delhi roads.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: January 16, 2015 1:46 am

Almost a month after it was banned from operating by the Delhi government, US-based online taxi booking service provider, Uber, is looking to once again ply on Delhi roads with all the requisite licences and permissions.

Also, similar taxi aggregators like Bangalore-based TaxiForSure and Chennai-based NTL Call Taxi are learnt to have sought permission from the government to ply on Delhi roads on the basis of the 2006 Radio Taxi scheme. This was modified by the government last month.

The modified radio taxi guidelines classified web-based taxi aggregators under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. It legalised Uber-like operations, wherein an aggregator need not directly own a vehicle but will act as a link between vehicle operators and commuters.While the earlier rules mandated a fleet of 500 taxis, the government had modified the requirement to 200 taxis.

Thereafter, operators have to induct 50 radio taxis within one month of grant of license, 100 radio taxis within three months, and 200 radio taxis within six months.

Sources told Newsline that Uber has expressed “keenness” to be a licensed operator in Delhi. Uber has also decided to register a separate company and have an office in Delhi. Sources also said Uber is looking to fulfill all guidelines set by the government.

After a 27-year old woman was reportedly raped by an Uber driver on December 5 last year, the Delhi government had banned all unregistered Internet-based taxi firms and allowed only six registered cab companies to continue operations.

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