The high Court on Wednesday set aside the Delhi government’s order denying app-based taxi service Uber’s application for a licence to ply in the national capital. The court also asked the Delhi government’s transport department, to set conditions for the company to operate in Delhi, within 10 days.
Advocate Naushad Ahmed, appearing for Delhi government, told the court that Uber’s application had been rejected since the company had not complied with statutory requirements under the Motor Vehicles Act, the modified Radio Taxi Scheme as well the Supreme Court’s direction about commercial vehicles in Delhi running on CNG. The amendments were made to the Radio Taxi Scheme after a number of app-based taxi services were banned, in the wake of the alleged rape of a woman by an Uber cab driver last year.
Questioning whether the Delhi government can “stall” the taxi service’s operations in this manner, the high court told the Delhi transport department to impose conditions on Uber in accordance with the law. The court also asked Uber to comply with the conditions.
On June 11, the high court had set aside the Delhi Government’s order rejection applications for license by two-app based taxi services — Apra Cabs India Pvt Limited and Serendipity Infolabs Pvt Ltd (Taxi for Sure).
The court said Uber was “entitled” to similar relief and since the Delhi Government had not challenged its June 11 order, it can’t “discriminate” against Uber. It added that the June 3 order was “based on sole ground that they are not complying with the ban” which was not “legally tenable”.
“We have always had immense faith in the country’s judiciary and welcome the order,” said Gagan Bhatia, GM Delhi, Uber, in a statement.
‘No act which brings shame to the national capital will go unpunished’
# The Delhi government on Wednesday took a serious view on the complaint by a woman, who had accused the driver of a radio taxi of committing obscene acts while driving her to her destination.
# The service operator named by the woman, Taxi For Sure, has not been authorised by the Delhi government and hence its operations are illegal, said officials. “The Delhi government is committed towards safety of women and no act which brings shame to the entire national capital will be allowed to go unpunished,” a senior official said.
#He added that Delhi government will respond to the order of the Delhi High Court about App-based taxi services after studying the details of the order.