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The Delhi Dialogue Commission on Monday (January 11) submitted “office memorandum” with a draft policy to the transport department which talked about regulating the bus aggregators.

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According to Ashish Khaitan, vice-chairman of the commission, app-based bus aggregation is “completely legal”. “We feel that bus aggregation is permissible under the existing contract carriage regime, provided the transport department interprets the law correctly,” he added.

The commission has held consultations with stakeholders and transport department officials before formulating the draft policy. Bus aggregating services will be under the contract carriage permit system that considers vehicles that are “hired” to go from point A to B without dropping or picking up passengers on the way. An important condition is that the operators know the people being carried and have entered into a contract with them. Adding on, the buses will have to be CNG fuelled and equipped with GPS monitors.

Startups such as Shuttle, Ola, Zipgo are currently in this space.


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