Delhi Government has lifted the ban from Uber and Ola cab providers, but with agreement on certain conditions. The Government has ordered both these cab service providers to equip their radio taxis with GPS and GPRS-based tracking device and a printer. After fulfilling aforementioned requirements, Uber and Ola can operate in the national capital.
Around a month back, mobile app-based cab aggregator companies like Uber and Ola were banned by the Delhi Government due to the alleged rape of a woman passenger by the Uber cab driver. This ban was imposed under 2006 Radio Taxi rule, which doesn't entertain app-based cab companies like Uber. "We are not a radio taxi company, therefore the Transport Department's amendments to the radio taxi scheme do not help us serve our riders and drivers in Delhi," a spokesman for Uber said. Now, the Delhi Government has made a few amendments to the rule and hence, now it permits Uber to start its services again, albeit not like before. Uber needs to implement the revisions made in the new rule.
As per the new rule, the company need to have an office inside the city limits, and a 24×7 a customer service contact number. A contact number must also be registered with the Delhi RTO. Each car must be fitted with panic button. If pressed, this should signal a transmission to control centre of licensee and onwards to the nearest police station or police control room. The cabs will have to run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). Apart from these, there are many more rules which the licensee will need to comply in order to ply as a radio taxi operator or app-based cab aggregator.