July 25, 2017

Ola, Uber services are fantastic, decide taxi fares keeping public interest in mind: Mumbai court

Ola rider in backseat
Image Courtesy of Ola

Mumbai city news The Maharashtra government should keep in mind the larger “public interest” before taking any final decision on fare fixations of cabs, the Bombay high court has said.

The court also observed that the services provided by Uber were “fantastic”.

A division bench of justices RM Sawant and Sadhana Jadhav was hearing petitions filed by Uber India Ltd, Ola Ltd and six drivers plying cabs with these two companies, challenging the Maharashtra City Taxi Rules implemented by the state government this year.

The petitions said rules were arbitrary and bad in law.

The state government informed the court today that it has set up a committee to look into fare fixation.

“The committee’s report is still awaited. Until then no coercive steps shall be taken in furtherance of the rules,” additional government pleader G W Mattos told the court.The court accepted this statement and said, “Uber provides services worldwide and it is fantastic. This is a serious issue considering the interest of the consumers. The state government will have to keep this in mind before taking any final decision.”“Leaving all technicalities of rules aside, we are also concerned about the consumers and their interest. After all the consumers, who are taxpayers, will […]

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