It seems that the nightmare is not over yet for the mobile taxi hailing apps, as the government is again ready to raise their hackles. This time the government is pondering to block apps of Uber, Ola and TaxiForSure all over the country.
As per a recent report and what we reported earlier, the Delhi government had requested Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY) to block such apps, but the Department found it technically impossible to do so for one particular state, and therefore, it sought “concurrence” of the transport ministry for all-India execution.
It is to be noted that the state government last month had requested the Centre to block web-based apps of taxi operators Uber, Ola and TaxiForSure alleging that these companies were not complying with a ban order imposed by it.
A recent report by Reuters, also suggests that the New Delhi government has asked Ola and Uber to cease their operation in the city or the licences will not be issued to the companies.
Earlier in last December, a woman was allegedly raped by a driver she booked using the Uber app. And what followed next was a ban on Uber and other app related cab booking services in the National Capital, who, according to the transport department, were operating illegally without a radio-taxi license.
After this rape incident, Uber had to suspend its operations in the National Capital for almost a month. However, this suspension did not go for too long, as the Uber had applied for the radio taxi license and assured more safe and reliable transportation services. Besides, it had also adhered to new taxi norms stating, “radio cabs operators must have a fleet of 200 vehicles, a 24 hour call center and panic buttons in their vehicles.”