Delhi Government Bans Bike Taxi Services by Ola, Uber and Rapido Citing Violation of Motor Vehicles Act

The Delhi government has recently taken the decision to ban bike taxi services provided by Ola, Uber, and Rapido in the national capital. The government has stated that these services are in violation of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, and that aggregators would be liable for a fine of ₹1 lakh.

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The Delhi Transport Department has informed these commercial bike taxi services that their drivers are using private bikes to carry passengers on a hire or commercial basis. According to the notice issued by the Transport Department, a fine of ₹5,000 will be imposed for the first offense, while for the second offense, a fine of ₹10,000 and imprisonment of up to 1 year can be imposed. Additionally, the driver may also lose their license for 3 months under these circumstances.

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The government has stated that some app-based companies are violating the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 by presenting themselves as aggregators. With the amendments made to the Act in 2019, it was made clear that aggregators cannot operate without a valid license. This decision by the government has come after the Supreme Court refused to grant relief to bike taxi aggregator Rapido against the Maharashtra government’s refusal to grant a license to it.

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Bike taxi services provided by Ola, Uber, and Rapido have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their convenience and affordability. These services have made it easier for commuters to navigate the city’s traffic and reach their destinations on time. However, the government’s decision to ban these services in Delhi has been met with mixed reactions from the public.

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Those who support the government’s decision argue that bike taxi services are unsafe and pose a risk to the public. They state that these services are not regulated and do not adhere to the same safety standards as other commercial transport services. On the other hand, those who oppose the ban argue that bike taxi services provide a vital transportation option for people who cannot afford traditional taxis or are unable to use public transport due to various reasons.

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In conclusion, the Delhi government’s decision to ban bike taxi services provided by Ola, Uber, and Rapido in the national capital has raised concerns among the public. While the government has cited safety concerns and the violation of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 as reasons for the ban, it remains to be seen whether this decision will have a significant impact on the transportation options available to people in the city.

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