The Delhi High Court Monday told app-based taxi service providers Ola and Uber that they cannot charge customers more than the rates prescribed by the Delhi government. The directions came on the issue of ‘surge pricing’ imposed by the app-based taxi services during peak demand, which has been challenged in the court.
The lawyers for Ola told the bench of Justice Manmohan that the firm will not charge beyond the stipulated rates set by the government. The lawyers for Uber sought time to find out if the company was still charging beyond the prescribed rates.
However, both Uber and Ola told the court that the government’s 2015 City Taxi scheme does not apply to them. Hence, the cap prescribed would not apply to them either, they said. The court then directed the lawyers for the Centre and Delhi government to “get instructions” on whether the state governments and the Centre would agree to constitute a joint committee to create guidelines and rules specifically for taxi aggregators.