June 28, 2017

Ola, Uber drivers challenge Maharashtra taxi rules in HC

Ola customer app
Image Courtesy of Ola

Six Uber and Ola drivers today approached the Bombay High Court, challenging rules recently implemented by the Maharashtra government.

Ali Razzak Hussain and five other drivers of the mobile-app based cab companies petitioned the court claiming that the Maharashtra City Taxi Rules imposed “arbitrary restrictions” on taxis operating under companies such as Uber and Ola.

“According to the rules, app-based taxis will not be allowed to ply within the Mumbai Metropolitan Region on a national tourist permit. The drivers will have to get local permits,” the petitioners’ counsel, Kevic Setalvad, said.

Obtaining local permits would cost private taxi drivers and owners 10 times more than what it would cost drivers of black and yellow taxis, Setalvad said.

The petition was mentioned today […]

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