Ola, Uber served le­gal no­tices over trip­me­ters

The Gov­ern­ment is­sued an order fix­ing the me­ter fare at `17 per kilo­me­tre in the day and `20 at night, but the order never saw the light of the day.

Deccan Chronicle - - City - RAJESWARI PARASA I DC

The Fo­rum Against Cor­rup­tion (FAC) has served le­gal no­tices on ride-hail­ing com­pa­nies Ola and Uber for not us­ing trip­me­ters as pre­scribed by the Min­istry of Road Trans­port, the State Trans­port Com­mis­sioner and the Le­gal Metrol­ogy Con­troller.

The Min­istry of Road Trans­port is­sued or­ders in 2016 and asked the ser­vice providers, like Ola and Uber, to start us­ing taxi me­ters rather than the GPS.

How­ever, the guide­lines were never im­ple­mented.

It was learnt that the me­ter cul­ture was preva­lent till four years ago, how­ever, but it was com­pletely re­placed by the GPS-based pric­ing alone.

This gives the com­pany an edge to change the fares de­pend­ing on the de­mand.

Ms Ut­lawar Prathiba, a pri­vate com­pany em­ployee from Begum­pet, said, “Ola and Uber ve­hi­cles, be it cabs or au­torick­shaws, charge dif­fer­ently in dif­fer­ent tim­ings for the same dis­tance. The com­pa­nies are cash­ing in on the ur­gency of the peo­ple. In the morn­ing hours, the fares are usu­ally low, and in the evening the fares would be sky­rock­et­ing.”

The Gov­ern­ment also is­sued an order fix­ing the me­ter fare at `17 per kilo­me­tre in the day and `20 at night.

How­ever the Gov­ern­ment Order MS. No. 78 has not seen the light of the day since its re­lease two years ago.

The founder of Fo­rum Against Cor­rup­tion, Mr Vi­jay Gopal, said “There are many vi­o­la­tions that are hap­pen­ing, where both drivers and pas­sen­gers are the vic­tims. When the law says me­ters are a must and when the law says only re­stricted pe­riod of work hours, then they should be fol­lowed. Gov­ern­ments are pur­posely not im­ple­ment­ing the laws to ap­pease their own lob­bies.”

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