The Delhi High Court has upheld its ban on app-based taxi aggregator Ola from plying the streets of the National Capital.
The bench comprised of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath said that Ola’s contention that non-CNG vehicles were not barred from plying Delhi’s roads was misplaced.
The court also said that the July 29 order directing the Delhi government and city police from enforcing the Jan 1 2015 ban on app-based taxi aggregators for non-compliance was unexceptionable.
Ola had challenged the High Court order citing a Supreme Court ruling made by Justice M C Metha that commercial vehicles plying on Delhi roads only needed to be Euro II compliant.
However, the High Court bench dismissed the plea as being read wrongly citing the SC order dated March 26, 2001 that no commercial vehicle shall ply in Delhi unless converted to single fuel mode of CNG.
“We respect the Honorable Divisional Bench’s order on commercial diesel vehicles on all aggregator platforms in the state of New Delhi, as well as on those plying independently,” said an Ola spokesperson.
The biggest losers in the case are the thousands of Ola drivers and cab owners who invested on diesel cabs, but are now unable to serve customers in the National Capital.
Ola has tried getting the HC to lift the ban on it by also arguing that it doesn’t own any of the taxis but only connects them to customers, however, this hasn’t seemed to work so far.