Court to look at plea to reg­u­late App-based cabs

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The Supreme Court on Thurs­day said it would ex­am­ine a plea to reg­u­late app­based taxi ser­vice provider like Ola and Uber to make them ac­count­able for of­fences com­mit­ted by driv­ers of ve­hi­cles.

The top court took note of the fact that the head­quar­ters of most in­ter­net-based taxi providers are lo­cated in for­eign coun­tries and re­cently Uber was banned in Lon­don for re­fus­ing to sub­ject it­self to ju­ris­dic­tion of lo­cal laws. "The is­sue of reg­u­lat­ing pub­lic trans­port, in­clud­ing in­ter­net based taxi ser­vices, will be taken up on De­cem­ber 7," a bench of Jus­tices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said.

The bench's re­mark came af­ter se­nior ad­vo­cate Indira Jais­ing, who is as­sist­ing the court as am­i­cus cu­riae in a mat­ter re­lated to im­ple­men­ta­tion of vic­tim com­pen­sa­tion

scheme for sex­ual of­fences and acid at­tacks and women se­cu­rity, said sev­eral in­ci­dents of crime com­mit­ted by their driv­ers have been re­ported. "Th­ese com­pa­nies which run the app-based tax ser­vices do not have their com­pany head­quar­ters in In­dia. Some com­pa­nies have their head­quar­ters in Nor­way or in some other for­eign coun­try. It is very dif­fi­cult to hold them ac­count­able for any crime com­mit­ted by their driv­ers," Jais­ing said.

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