App-based cab service provider Ola is going to add 3000 CNG vehicles in the coming week to comply with an earlier court order mandating all point-to-point metered rides within the capital to be on CNG.
The move follows on the heels of the Delhi High Court last week upholding the ban on Ola and saying all diesel taxis are barred from making point-to-point metered rides within the capital. All diesel cabs with DLY numbers, which are registered as tourist vehicles, would be impounded if found to be plying from one point to another within the city on metered basis. However, vehicles heading to Gurgaon or Noida would not be prosecuted as the order is applicable only to Delhi.
A company spokesperson informed, “We have 25000 vehicles in Delhi-NCR. Of these 12,000 vehicles already run on CNG. We have reached agreements with vehicle manufacturers to help our drivers exchange their diesel vehicles for CNG. About 3000 such vehicles will be added to the fleet in the coming week.” Apart from Ola and TaxiForSure the order is likely to affect operations of Uber and tourist taxi operators.
“We respect the divisional bench’s order on commercial diesel vehicles on all aggregator platforms in the state of Delhi, as well as on those plying independently. We are working closely with the authorities to help and support the thousands of driver entrepreneurs and lakhs of citizens in the state, who use the Ola app”, the spokesperson added.
Delhi government’s January 1, 2015 order had banned operations of app-based cab services till they complied with the guidelines of radio taxi scheme of 2006, which was amended on December 26 last year, following the alleged rape of a woman executive in a Uber cab.