Delhi High Court on Monday issued a notice to Delhi Government asking to file a reply on steps taken by government to stop cab aggregators (Ola & Uber,) from charging fares arbitrarily, reported ANI. The High Court is likely to hear the matter on April 25th.
The move comes after Delhi’s CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that the government would take strict action, including cancellation of permit and impounding vehicles, against taxis, which charged over the government prescribed rates.
The uproar started when Delhi Autorickshaw Sangh and Delhi Pradesh Taxi Union had called a strike against surge pricing on 18th April (today), threatening to create a roadblock during the odd-even drive. However it was called off last minute on Sunday after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal promised to take strict actions against Ola and Uber to up the ante against Uber and Ola doing the trick.
Gopal Rai, Delhi Transport Minister said, “The government is serious about preventing arbitrariness by app-based taxi services and is ready to take strict action against them.”
Later on Monday afternoon Delhi govt ordered to impound cabs and cancel permits of any cabs (including Uber and Ola) if they were found charging more than govt prescribed fare limit. It also released a helpline number for commuters.
Strict action, incl permit cancellation n impounding vehicle, to be taken against taxis which charge rates more than govt prescribed rates
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 18, 2016