Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai on Thursday said verification of the data provided by app-based radio taxi services like Ola and Uber revealed that 80 per cent of the vehicles operating with the aggregators did not have the necessary permits to operate point-to-point in Delhi.
After the Delhi government rejected the application made by Uber, Ola and TaxiforSure to ply in Delhi, hundreds of drivers attached to the cab-booking services had staged protests in the capital.
The government, however, said that it would not compromise with women’s safety and asked the cab operators to submit data of their taxis.
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“We had given them one week to submit the data. The Transport department verified the data after it was submitted. This data pertained to about 10,000 taxis attached to Uber and about 8,000 attached to Ola,” Rai said.
He added that on verification of the data, transport department officials found that many of the taxis had permits from the neighbouring states of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh or all-India permits. “Taxis with all-India permits are not allowed to operate point-to-point in Delhi,” Rai said.
“We have already told the cab operators that if they fulfill the conditions laid down by the government and procure the necessary permits, they will be enrolled to operate in Delhi. Right now none of them have the permission to operate,” Rai said.
He said that the Delhi High Court has directed the Transport department to give a hearing to the cab-operators, which the department will comply with soon.
On June 4, a team of drivers met Rai ruing over the government’s ban on the operations of the three cab-booking services. They contended that the ban had deprived them of their livelihood.
The government had then assured them that it was not against drivers earning their livelihood but that cab-booking services needed to submit data pertaining to their taxis and an affidavit declaring that the company is complying with the ban imposed on it, in letter and in spirit.