In Maharashtra, online cab aggregators like Ola and Uber might soon be listed under the ambit of Motor Vehicles Act which will undoubtedly restrict and impact the business to an extent.
The Maharashtra Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 will list down many clauses which will enhance regulation to their existing operations.
The key highlights of the proposal are:
- The vehicle shall not be offered for hire through an aggregator who is not duly registered with the Transport Department.
- The holder shall fit a GPS/GPRS device in his vehicle conforming to the specifications prescribed by State Government.
- The Taxi should be driven on clean fuel i.e.Petrol and CNG/LPG/Hybrid/Electrical
- Taxi shall be fitted with GPS and GPRS based tracking device, printer, and a display panel showing the path traversed and total distance covered.
- Taxi should be replaced by a new vehicle on completion of 20 years or as may be decided by State Transport Authority from time to time.
- The details containing the photograph of the driver, license number, PSV Badge number and registration mark of the vehicle etc. shall be displayed prominently inside the taxi.
- Working hours of drivers is to be limited in accordance to the Motor Transport Workers Act, 1961.
- Any person who has been convicted within the past seven years of driving under the influence of drug or alcohol, also has been convicted at any time for any cognizable offence under the Criminal Code of Procedure 1973 including fraud, sexual offences, use of a motor vehicle to commit a cognizable offence, a crime involving property dispute and/or theft, acts of violence or acts of terror must not be engaged by the licensee.