July 20, 2017

In a first, Mumbai’s Ola, Uber cab drivers can apply for permits online

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Of the 55,000 tourist cabs registered in Mumbai, more than 40,000 could be app-based taxis such as Ola and Uber, say officials.(HT File Photo) After making it mandatory for app-based cabs to have a permit to ply , the Maharashtra Motor Vehicle Department (MMVD) will allow them to obtain these permits online. In a first, the MMVD will introduce a system that is expected to eliminate drivers’ reliance on agents and touts at regional transport offices (RTO).

Earlier, the department would conduct online lotteries to issue permits to black-and-yellow taxi and autorickshaw owners. However, after it was hit by allegations of corruption, it decided to adopt an online system to issue permits to app-based cab owners.

The Maharashtra government announced its new rules — Maharashtra City Taxi Rules 2017 — to regulate app-based taxis on March 4.

Under the new rules, the state has made getting a new licence mandatory for aggregators such as Uber and Ola. Once they get a licence, they will have to agree to a cap on maximum and minimum fares. Currently, such cabs ply on the concept of surge pricing, where fare increases according to the demand during peak hours. Drivers will no longer have to stand […]

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