After the horrific Delhi rape incident, the Delhi Government has now banned Uber and blacklisted the company in Delhi. It’s also considering cancelling the permission of Uber and scrutinising the permits of all private taxi services, a senior transport department official has told Indian Express.
“The services of Uber have been blacklisted. We have just issued an order saying Uber’s activities stand banned in Delhi,” Special Commissioner of Delhi Transport Department, Satish Mathur said. He added that Uber is “misleading customers” by offering them Taxis with All-India permits that cannot ply in Delhi from point-to-point, ferrying customers.”
The Government will also be issuing a public notice notifying Uber is not authorized to provide any taxi services in the capital, so that customers are aware about which are the authorized radio cab services in the city.
The Laws In Question
According to Satish Mathur, since Uber is ferrying customers in Delhi from point-to-point, it has to follow rules under the Radio Taxi Scheme, 2006 which mentions that the licensee must be either a company under the Companies Act, 1956 or a society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
The rules mention that licensee must demonstrate possession of adequate parking space for all taxies and office space (minimum of 1000 sq. ft.) for accommodating the control room with radio communication and ten telephone lines, minimum fleet size per license would be 500 motor cabs and vehicle must be fitted with GPS/GPRS based tracking devices which must be in constant communication with the Central Control unit while the vehicles is on duty.
Delhi Police Was Unable to Find Uber’s Delhi Office
The police faced a tough time locating Uber’s address. After searching through it’s website and going through social media, Delhi police took to the app to find it’s office. They had to download the app and book an Uber cab for reaching out to the Uber’s office.
No Background Checks, Accused Driver had Priors
The Delhi Police mentions that Uber hadn’t conducted police verification of the driver. The driver did not have a public service verification (PSV) badge or an employer’s verification certificate. The driver was a repeat offender and had faced rape charges in 2011, something which Uber didn’t check while hiring him.