How can Ola, Uber run tourist ve­hi­cles in city, HC asks state

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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.

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