Uber had moved the High Court last week seeking to lift the ban on its services and challenged an order of the city government denying extension of its licence to operate radio cabs in the national capital. The court however told Uber that it is not supposed to ply if it does not have a licence for the same. The court added that Delhi city government has 10 days to set out requirements for Uber to be granted a license and if the company fails to fulfill the stipulations, transport officials can pass a new order prohibiting the company from operating.
Uber issued the following statement after the court’s verdict:
“We have always had immense faith in the country’s judiciary and welcome the order of the Hon’ble Delhi High Court invalidating the coercive actions against our driver-partners; actions which have affected thousands of drivers and their families in Delhi who are dependent on Uber’s technology for a better livelihood.
We emphasise the need for sector-specific regulation for technology-based aggregators in the country. We are committed to working with the government to develop a regulatory framework that encourages innovation, provides consumers with more choice, drivers with more economic opportunity, while creating a safer transportation environment for everyone.”
Uber and other taxi services were banned in Delhi due to an alleged rape of a 27-year old passenger by one of the drivers registered with the cab service company(Uber). Due to this incident, Delhi Government had thought of cancelling the permission of Uber and inspect closely the permits of other private taxi services. The Delhi transport department had then banned Uber that same month, and later brought them under the radio taxi license. However, Uber resumed its operations in Delhi in January, after applying for the license, which got rejected.
In the same space, cab services like Ola and TaxiForSure were rejected of their applications for a radio taxi licenses last month. However, just yesterday Bookmycab was granted a licence to operate in the city of Delhi.
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