Consultation for policy to regulate app-based cabs still on: Govt to Bombay High Court

Consultation with different stakeholders are underway, so as to devise a regulation that reconciles the differences between Association of Radio Taxis and App based cab Companies, said the affidavit filed by the government.

| Mumbai | Published: September 3, 2016 2:21:08 am

The state government on Friday told the Bombay High Court that it was yet to finalise regulations under the draft City Taxi Scheme 2015, which is supposed to regulate app-bases taxis.

In an affidavit filed before the court, the government has claimed that the consultation process with stakeholders to finalise the regulations was still on.

The affidavit was filed in reply to a petition by Association of Radio Taxis, which include cabs like Mega and Tabcabs, seeking a complete ban on website and app-based cab companies such as Ola and Uber. The government had called for suggestions and objections with regard to the draft scheme from the public earlier. “There is a significant divergence in the views of stakeholders….further consultation with different stakeholders are ongoing so as to devise regulation that reconciles these divergent views and has broad acceptability to all stakeholders,” states the affidavit filed by deputy secretary (Transport), Vidyadhar Avinash Malegaonkar.

The suggestions are from commuters, commuter organisations, fleet taxi operators, Black and Yellow Taxi operators and aggregators. “There is a need to reconcile these divergent views keeping in mind the need to provide the commuters with various options for safe, reliable, reasonably priced and better-quality taxi services,” said Malegaonkar.

The affidavit further states that the regulation also needs to provide for the orderly development of the sector, in both the short and long run. “The different impact of the regulations on different types of operators needs to be kept in mind,” added the affidavit.

Meanwhile, when this matter came up for hearing before Justice Dharmadhikari and Justice Collabawala, the latter recused himself from hearing it.
During the last hearing, the court had questioned the state on why it was taking so long to bring in a policy to regulate taxi aggregators, which are at present permitted to run on tourist permits and not electronic meters.

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