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In a move that has surprised many a folks, cab service provider Uber has now made it clear that it will adopt the model of its competitor, Pooch-O. Pooch-O is a taxi service providing app developed by the Delhi Government in association with a non-profit organisation that allows riders to book auto-rickshaws.

Pooch-O, follows a business model which is approved and endorsed by the Govt. itself, is a not-for-profit platform that acts as a marketplace between rider and commercially licensed drivers having a PSV Badge issued by the transport department. Unlike Uber, Poocho does not take any commission or fees for its services.

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According to the company, the new model allows them “to legally operate, enabling safe, reliable rides to an underserved public while working out the details of a long-term solution with the government.”

This is a significant shift from the revenue model that the startup uses elsewhere. Earlier, Uber charged its drivers a 20% commission, whereas now it has specified that it won’t charge anything until and unless the startup’s legal framework has been redone.

Last december, a woman was raped by a driver she booked using the app. And what followed next was a ban on Uber and other app related cab booking services, who, according to the transport department, were operating illegally without a radio-taxi-license.

Last week, Uber had announced its comeback after facing a month and a half’s ban in the nation’s capital. In accordance with the 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”, Uber had applied to become a licensed radio taxi operator in the city.

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