July 25, 2017

Ola, Uber not to face action until August

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The petition’s contention is that these cabs are plying with tourist permits and not on electronic meters unlike other taxis in the state, and hence there is no regulation on the fares

The state government on Friday assured the Bombay High Court that it would not take any coercive action against app-based cabs, Ola/Uber, or its drivers for plying within Mumbai city limits on tourist permits, until finalisation of Maharashtra City Taxi rules.

Advocate GW Mattos, appearing for the government, told the court that the committee formed to address the issue, is in the final stage of framing the rules, and once the rules are enforced there would be clarity on the subject. Until then no action against the operators would be taken.”

A division bench of Justice R M Sawant and Justice Sadhana Jadhav asked the government to file a detailed affidavit and adjourned the hearing on a bunch of petitions till August. The court while hearing the arguments made by the petitioners, Uber, associations of radio cabs and six drivers of Ola/Uber said, “The kali-peeli taxis hardly ply short distances, if a passenger asks to go from Fountain to Churchgate, they will not come, but these app-based cabs offer convenience […]

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