In a major crackdown on the three app-based cab services in the capital, the Delhi Traffic Police prosecuted 158 such taxi drivers and impounded more than 120 cabs in the last 24 hours for violations of the ban imposed on them by the city government in December. Interestingly, Traffic Police personnel have have become more tech-savvy in the process — they first book cabs through the mobile apps and then prosecute the drivers.
Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Muktesh Chander said all traffic inspectors have been asked to download the apps of three services — Ola Cabs, Uber and TaxiForSure.
“They were told to first book a cab through the app and then challan the driver when it arrives. The vehicle will also be impounded. We are also requesting the Transport department to initiate action under Section 188 of the IPC against company executives for not obeying government directions,” he said.
Chander also requested Delhi residents to not use the three services as the Transport Department has banned them from operating in Delhi since January 1 this year.
“The government had also issued directions for blocking the website and mobile app of these services. But still these taxi services continue to operate clandestinely,” he said.
Sources said the new action plan was made after Traffic police noticed that the drivers of these three services were not mentioning the cab name in their car and were plying their vehicles in the name of some taxi stand.
The Delhi Traffic Police has also decided to inform the Transport department about the illegal activities of these three companies and will demand strict action against them.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sandeep Goel said a letter will be sent to the Transport department to cancel the permit of these vehicles.