Slight relief for web based taxi services as Govt. plans to regulate the service
As an immediate decision to the recent rape case that had happened in Delhi last week, the Delhi Government had banned the operations of all web based taxi services like Uber, Ola cabs and TaxiForSure in India. While some ministers believed that ban on these services is not the solution to this problem, the Ministry of Home Affairs rethought over its decision.
Now, the Ministry of Home Affairs has imposed a ban on the operations of these web based taxi services till the time, the players in this particular market do not get themselves registered with the authorities concerned.
According to Government press release, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, “The Ministry of Home Affairs has advised the State Governments/ UT Administrations to ensure that the operations of the web based taxi services are stopped and such service providers which are not licensed with the State Governments/ UT Administrations are prohibited to operate till they get themselves registered with the State Governments/ UT Administrations.”
This incident has run Uber into serious problems. The taxi service provider has been banned to carry out its operations in Spain. Even, Thailand had stopped the web based taxi service provider to operate in the country. Uber was sued in US and Portland on grounds of licensing violations. Rio de Janeiro has accused the company for carrying out illegal operations.