On the wrong track
Mobile app-based taxi services encourage car pooling, offer cheaper personal transport solution. Instead of banning them, the government must amend laws to regulate the business model
Aservice company Uber’s dream ride in India came MERICAN TAXI to a halt following rape accusation by a passenger in Delhi against its driver on December 6.The incident highlighted how Uber failed to do background checks on its drivers, and how it operated purely as a virtual entity in the country,skirting laws that govern taxi services and ensure safety of passengers. On December 8, the Centre issued a diktat banning Uber and other taxi services,which operate through cutting-edge mobile or online applications, until they get themselves registered with the government under the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988.
This is not the first time an app-based taxi service has been pulled up. Since these start-ups have come into being in the past four to five years, they have been criticised in the US, UK, Brazil and Belgium for failing to abide by local rules and for lack of safety provisions. Yet, they have been a favourite among the tech-savvy population worldwide,who find the ride-
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