July 21, 2017

Ola, Uber drivers in Mumbai move high court against Maharashtra’s new City Taxi Rules



Ola cab
Image Courtesy of Ola

The petitioners’ main complaint is that the new rules do not allow app-based cabs to ply on national tourist permits.(HT file photo) Drivers working with app-based cab aggregators such as Ola and Uber approached the Bombay high court challenging the Maharashtra government’s City Taxi Rules 2017. They claim that the Act imposes terms that make it unnecessarily difficult for them to get licenses.

The petitioners’ main complaint is that the new rules do not allow app-based cabs to ply on national tourist permits. Instead, it makes it mandatory for them to apply for new local permits if they wish to continue operations within city limits. The existing permits restrict such cabs within the city of their registration.

Also, to obtain the local permits, the petitioners claimed, they would have to shell out Rs25,000 for vehicles with engine capacity below 1400 cc and Rs2.6 lakh for those with 1400 cc capacity. […]

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