July 20, 2017

Permits for Ola, Uber taxis in Maharashtra now available online



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Mumbai city news: For the permits, the cabbies will have to shell out Rs25,000 for cars with engine capacity of 1400 cc and those, who have cars with higher engine capacity, will have to pay Rs2.61 lakh Currently, most of the taxis attached with aggregators like Ola and Uber are plying on tourist permits.(HT FILE) The Maharashtra Motor Vehicles Department (MMVD) has started issuing permits online that are compulsory for app-based taxis to operate in the state under the newly-enacted Maharashtra City Taxi Rules 2017.

Aiming to curb corruption in the process, MMVD has moved the entire process online so that cabbies need not visit RTOs at all. Mahaonline, a joint venture of the state government and Tata Consultancy Services, has developed an online application form which the cabbies can use to pay permit fee. The move is expected to eliminate the role of agents and touts at the RTOs and is time saving.

The state has made new city taxi permits mandatory for app-based taxis under the new Act brought to regulate aggregators and control the surge pricing. For the permits, the cabbies will have to shell out Rs25,000 for cars with engine capacity of 1400 cc and those, who […]

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