Commuting in cities is changing, from buses and taxis to bike taxis! Cab and bike aggregators have branches all over the city and you can easily access it. But not in Delhi! Apparently, the Supreme Court has prohibited bike taxis to operate in the city. Here is why Delhi people cannot take 2-wheeler taxis!
2-Wheeler Taxis Cannot Operate In Delhi!
The Supreme Court stayed the earlier High Court ruling that essentially permitted bike-taxi aggregators Rapido and Uber to function in the national capital. They have requested that the Delhi government refrain from taking any coercive action against them until a new policy is developed. This was a setback for cab aggregators. By June 30, the Delhi administration has promised to unveil a two-wheeler non-transportation vehicle policy.
The Aam Aadmi Party administration was contesting the High Court’s ruling that no coercive action should be taken against the bike-taxi aggregators until the final policy was notified in two separate cases that were being heard by the Supreme Court. The court had asked the Centre to respond to the Delhi government’s arguments last week.
Public Notice For Aggregators
The government issued a public notice earlier this year warning aggregators like Ola and Rapido that using two-wheelers for business purposes is against the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988. The transport department stated in a public notice that a first infraction might result in a fine of ₹5,000. Additionally, a second offence could result in a fine of ₹10,000 and up to a year in jail. In these instances, the motorist will also suffer a three-month licence suspension.
In this regard, Rapido has also contested a show-cause notice that the municipal administration issued to it. They claim that it violates numerous fundamental and constitutional rights and was passed against the rules of natural justice.
It is not a secret that these bike taxis are economical for working professionals. In cities, there is a constant need for new travelling options and these 2-wheeler taxis are perfect. Hopefully, the government will form a policy for them soon.
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Cover Image Courtesy: Rapido/ Press Release