Two separate pleas have been filed before the Delhi High Court seeking measures to regulate radio cabs in the capital.
The PIL filed by Damini Chawla, a lawyer at the Delhi High Court, has sought action against all radio taxi companies which are flouting regulations. The plea claimed that even though the Delhi government had created a “Radio Taxi Scheme, 2006’, which lays down the terms and conditions for licensing of taxi services, including character verification of the driver, the scheme was not being followed.
“Car rental companies only provide for a platform/ interface for booking cabs. Surprisingly, it has come to the knowledge of the petitioner that the said companies neither own any car(s) nor do they have drivers on their payroll. The said acts are blatant violation of the Radio Taxi Scheme, 2006,” the PIL said.
Chawla also claimed that on November 13, she had travelled in an Ola cab and its driver had informed her that he was an accused in a murder case. He sought her legal advice saying he was driving the cab while out on bail. “Such an incident speaks for itself about the safety ensured by the cab companies,” the plea said.
According to the PIL, the 2006 scheme “puts a further responsibility on the employer/licensee to ensure that the drivers are totally safe, reliable and trustworthy. The employer is further made jointly and severally responsible for any offence or crime which has been committed by a person, including driver, using the said vehicle.” The PIL will come up for hearing on Wednesday.
The second plea, by RSS ideologue K N Govindacharya, is an application in the ongoing PIL on cyber security. In his application, Govindacharya has sought prosecution of “all internet companies including Uber” which had failed to appoint a grievance officer under the provisions of the Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011, and orders issued by the High Court in August 2013.
“Uber, being intermediary, has never appointed grievances officer as per above legal mandate and is doing huge business operations through 3,000 car drivers which reflects failure of collapse of governance in the country,” the plea said.
The application was mentioned before the court of Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul on Tuesday. The court has now asked Gupta to mention the case again on Wednesday, and present his arguments.