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Uber applies for new licence in Delhi

Uber was banned last month after a driver contracted by the company allegedly raped a woman passenger.

Written by Geeta Gupta | New Delhi |
Updated: January 23, 2015 12:01:22 pm

US-based online taxi booking services provider, Uber, has applied for a fresh license from the Delhi government to ply on Delhi roads.

Uber was banned by the government last month after a driver contracted by the company allegedly raped a woman passenger.

Sources told Newsline that Uber has registered a separate company and submitted a fresh application for licence on Thursday. Sources also said the cab service provider — which had earlier expressed reluctance on taking responsibility for its drivers — has now agreed to take full responsibility for verifying all vehicles and drivers that are aggregated by the company.

Uber is the third such web-based taxi aggregator that has sought permission from the government to ply on Delhi roads, since the 2006 Radio Taxi Scheme was modified by the government last month. Similar taxi aggregators, like Bangalore-based TaxiForSure and Chennai-based NTL Call Taxi, had submitted applications for fresh licences last week.

The modified radio taxi guidelines classified web-based taxi aggregators under the 1988 Motor Vehicles Act and legalised Uber-like operations, wherein an aggregator need not directly own a vehicle, but act as a link between vehicle operators and commuters.

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