How can Ola, Uber run tourist vehicles in city, HC asks state
The Bombay high court (HC) on Wednesday sought to know from the state how it permitted app-based taxi aggregators such as Ola, Uber and Taxiforsure to run tourist vehicles as regular taxis in the city and surrounding urban areas. The government, however, said it is contemplating a new scheme for fleet taxi operators.
A vehicle can be operated as intra-city taxi only if the owner has obtained requisite permit from road transport authorities, vehicles are fitted with fare meters and passengers are charged pre-fixed regulated fares. “They don’t have permits, they don’t halt at any taxi stand, then how could they be allowed to ply as regular city cabs,” asked a division bench of Justice SC Dharmadhikari and Justice BP Colabawalla, while directing the state to file within a week an affidavit stating its policy and stand on the issue.
The court was hearing a petition filed by Association of Radio Taxis – association of fleet taxi operators — seeking directions to the government to stop the operators on grounds that they have entered into agreements with owners of private tourist vehicles and are running those vehicles as regular taxis.