Amid all the confusions over granting radio-taxi license to taxi aggregators like Ola and Uber, the Aam Aadmi Party led Delhi government has agreed to grant the license. The government has directed the taxi aggregators to furnish details about their operations if they want to continue the services.
“Fresh license applications will be considered after they furnish affidavits”, says Gopal Rai, Transport and Rural Development Minister.
He also added that the taxi aggregators must agree to standard and stringent safety norms, particularly for women passengers, if they want to restart their operations in the city.
The Delhi government had ordered the web-based taxi companies to cease their services after an Uber driver raped a lady passenger in New Delhi. Soon after the government order, Uber stopped the services but resumed it in January after applying for a radio-taxi license, while Ola continued the operations.
Since then, the government has been mulling plans to block the mobile apps alleging that the companies are not complying with the government order. Recently, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY) had seeked views from the Transport Ministry for a country-wide ban on the apps.
Two weeks back, following the order from the Delhi Government, the Department of Telecommunication issued an order to Internet Service Providers to block the websites and apps of the taxi hailing aggregators.The order also mentions that the government will be liable to initiate actions under Sec 12 of the IT Act if the telecom companies and ISPs fails to block the apps.
However, the government’s move to block the websites could not be processed further as ISPs expressed inability to block Uber, Ola due to high encryption codes.