Uber cabs face nationwide ban; Ola, TaxiForSure face heat

Shiv Kumar Yadav, who was arrested from his hometown Mathura, is a repeat offender.

Written by MAYURA JANWALKAR , Ananya Bhardwaj | New Delhi | Updated: December 9, 2014 3:38 pm
Shiv Kumar Yadav was arrested on Sunday. Shiv Kumar Yadav was arrested on Sunday.

Following the alleged rape of a 27-year-old woman executive in a cab booked through Uber on Friday night, the Delhi government on Monday banned the company from operating in the city. A case of cheating, under Section 420 of the IPC, has also been registered against Uber.

The ban came just hours after Uber’s San Francisco-based CEO Travis Kalanick issued a statement stating that the company would “work with the government to establish clear background checks currently absent in their commercial transportation licensing programmes”.

Later in the evening, the transport department also banned other private radio taxi services — barring the six registered under the Delhi government’s Economy Radio Taxi Scheme — from operating in the city. The six radio taxi services that are registered are Easy Cabs, Mega Cabs, Meru, Chanson, Yo Cabs and Air Cabs.

“All other transport/ taxi service providers through web-based technology, who are not recognised, are prohibited from providing such services in the NCT of Delhi till they get licence/ permission from the transport department,” said a statement issued by S Roy Biswas, Deputy Commissioner (Transport).

Banned in Delhi, facing national shutdown, Uber blames system operating in Delhi include Ola Cabs, Taxi for Sure and TaxiPixi.

Sources said the Union Ministry of Home Affairs is considering issuing an advisory to all states to ban cab-booking services like Uber.

Meanwhile, the accused driver, Shiv Kumar Yadav, 32, who was arrested from Mathura on Sunday, was sent to three-day police custody by a Delhi court on Monday.

The government said Uber was carrying out its business in contravention of the Motor Vehicle (MV) Act, 1988. The company’s regional manager, NCR, Gagan Bhatia, who was questioned by the police, reportedly admitted that they did not conduct any background checks or police verification of the drivers.

“He told us that they do not do any background checks for their drivers. They only rely on the documents submitted by the drivers to the company. They said that they do not even verify their addresses but rely on the addresses on which their bank accounts have been opened. They never check the authenticity of their addresses,” said DCP, North, Madhur Verma.

Bhatia reportedly told the police that they provide their drivers with an iPhone 4s which has an Uber application that cannot be deleted. However, if the phone is switched off, the GPS also gets switched off. “He admitted that their cars do not have GPS systems and the GPS only works through their phones. If the phone is off, so is the GPS. There is no way to track the vehicle then. We have registered a case of cheating against them and investigations are on,” said Verma.

Bhatia also reportedly told the police that Uber is not a radio taxi service but an “aggregator” of cabs.

Announcing the ban on Uber earlier in the day, the transport department said that taking into account the “horrific crime committed by the driver” and the violations by the company, it “has banned all activities relating to providing any transport service by http://www.Uber.com with immediate effect. The transport department has also blacklisted the company from providing any transport service in the NCT (National Capital Territory) in future.”

The statement added: “Condemning the unfortunate and heinous crime committed by the driver of an All India Tourist Permit (AITP) holder of a taxi bearing registration mark of DL1YD 7910, the transport department has cancelled the said permit of the taxi, registration certificate of the said taxi and driving licence of the said driver. The permit was granted on May 28, 2014 after due verification of character and antecedents of the permit holder.”

However, the police have now said that the police verification document was forged.

“An AITP taxi was provided by M/s Uber on the request of the commuter through the Uber Web application for a local journey within Delhi which was in contravention of the MV Act, 1988 and rules framed thereunder. M/s Uber also misled the commuter about the nature of the taxi service offered by the Uber App,” said the transport department.

According to transport department officials, a vehicle with an AITP permit can travel across states in India, but cannot be used for travel within a particular state.

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    Bhola Nath
    Jan 15, 2015 at 3:22 pm
    Uber never had problems in any country? Please!:en.wikipedia/wiki/U...
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      Jan 29, 2015 at 1:19 am
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        AWDWR
        Dec 9, 2014 at 6:31 am
        I say ban Delhi Police. But that would be ridiculous.
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          Ajay Chandra
          Dec 9, 2014 at 6:37 am
          When Nirbhaya case happened, the Transporters were arrested so why is the Govt going easy on Mr Gagan Bhatia & other Uber India Officials ?
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            Ajay Chandra
            Dec 9, 2014 at 6:36 am
            When Nirbhaya case happened, the Transporters were arrested so why is the Govt going easy on Mr Gagan Bhatia & other Uber Officials ?
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              ALOK KUMAR
              Dec 9, 2014 at 1:54 pm
              Stop this rubbish, racist,Anti national comment.Be th accused either from Bihar, U.P. or any part of the nation .It seems that you are jealous to Biharis,Persons of Bihar has given alot to the nation with their sweat,blood ,valour.They have imparted selfless service.Why you people are not condemning the offence rather making racist comment my opinion persons like you are likkely to be booked as anti national.Bihar has the ability to stand on its own and they are not handicapped or mentally insane. Do not try to divert the topic for your personal grudge? I'm of the firm opinion that company like uber should be banned.Suppose some sort of narcotic or arms, explosives should have been carried through this network then whether company should not have been accountable.The company is charging heavy sum for the same services and security.Hence company is liable for penal prosecution aswell as forcivil tortious liability.If the company could not provide safety security then it has no right to run its business
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                Anand
                Dec 9, 2014 at 10:53 am
                So true Kittu. If a rape happens in the Indian Railways, would you shut that down as well? I think the w point of central criminal database should now be raised.
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                  arupkoopur
                  Dec 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm
                  BTW that guy was from Uttar Pradish.
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                    arupkoopur
                    Dec 9, 2014 at 12:39 pm
                    CEO must be arrested on what charges?? you indians rape people every day and go on blaming a person who is working in USA. s!!
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                      arupkoopur
                      Dec 9, 2014 at 12:28 pm
                      Dont tell about flouting government norms. Thats a joke. Tell me who follows norms in there totality in our country.There is not credibility of any doent produced in india everything can be obtained my money. In our only purpose of government norms is har people and take bribe.
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                        arupkoopur
                        Dec 9, 2014 at 1:03 pm
                        What background check you are taking about in this country?? Whatever doent a person need can be obtained by paying bribe in your country. And dont talk about "callous and mallious business " each and every business in this country are running by violating laws and paying bribes. 99% of your countryman have committed some or other violation of motor vehicle act why dont to ban all of them. One can get any approval from motor vehicle department by paying little bribe. So 1st concentrate on improving your government functioning then blame Uber for wrong they have supposedly committed. Lastly dont act like a fanatic when somebody is just voicing his/her opinion.
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                          arupkoopur
                          Dec 9, 2014 at 12:34 pm
                          Why shouldnt we ban the police for giving wrong certificate??? !!
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                            arupkoopur
                            Dec 9, 2014 at 12:50 pm
                            this knee jerk are taken to hide the poor functioning and incompetency of our government machinery. How unlicensed taxi services was allowed to operate in the 1st place. It means either there is no legal requirement to take any such license to operate taxi services or bribes has been taken by government officials to allow this taxis to operate. There seems to no clear regulation in this regards even if there are some this can be violated by paying bribes. Putting all the blame on Uber unjustified and wrong.
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                              Avery_23
                              Dec 9, 2014 at 3:38 am
                              This is not Uber's fault, but the Indian's fault! In fact, it is a good thing Uber is around because now they are able to catch the guy!
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                                avi
                                Dec 9, 2014 at 7:02 am
                                Uber is still taking bookings despite the ban just shows how far the governments writ works !? People care two hoots for the law !
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                                  shonali sinha
                                  Dec 10, 2014 at 7:05 pm
                                  uber has undoubtedly flouted rules of the land in its operations...its been facing the music in every part of the globe, u name it, portland,spain,thailand etc...with just 3 employees per city how can they commit to verify the credentials of their drivers and provide a safe commuting environment? hiring a taxi is not like ordering a phone online...the risk to a person's life and property is unlimited...surely this marketplace/aggregator model for cab services needs to be questioned?
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                                    Shafalee
                                    Dec 10, 2014 at 5:07 am
                                    Please read the article where it is getting globally banned. You can find these articles easily on net. Your safety comes first :)
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                                      Sanjay Agrawal
                                      Dec 10, 2014 at 1:45 am
                                      @Rashmi: thank you for your magnanimous and thoughtful remark. Much appreciated. :-) God bless.
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                                        Sanjay Agrawal
                                        Dec 9, 2014 at 2:34 am
                                        The case registered against Uber u/s 420 of the IPC is a shame the company has brought upon itself. The blame lies purely and squarely at the doors of the company's managers, including and especially its CEO, Travis Kalanick - who should have been aware of how the system works in countries like India. That the rape suspect has turned out to be a repeat offender speaks volumes about how lackadaisical the company was in performing background checks. The company is already under fire in several European countries for unfair trade practices already. Besides Delhi - where its services are already banned, the Uber has a ridersharing service in 10 other cities in the country. I feel sorry for Kalanick: if only he had hired competent managers, his company wouldn't have had to face such ignominy.
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                                          ashutosh
                                          Dec 10, 2014 at 10:37 am
                                          Don't insult 99% of the Indians. I have never paid bribe in my life and i am sure there are thousands more like me who work hard and want to correct the system. Your the dirty stuff and people like you should be jailed for paying bribe. Watch out for people like me who will shy away from reporting you to the authorities for paying bribe.
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                                            ashutosh
                                            Dec 10, 2014 at 10:42 am
                                            It is because of people like you that we good people get bad name. I have never paid bribe in my entire life. People like you should be jailed for paying bribe and making a mockery of the system. Beware if you meet me i will not shy away from reporting you to the police.
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