On Saturday, Government had directed that the app based taxi services should secure a licence from the government and cannot operate in the state until then. However, the cabs continued to operate on Sunday and were not fined or confiscated by the transport officials, with the ongoing IPL match in the city.
The scenario is likely to change, starting from today.
Karnataka’s Transport Commissioner Ramegowda said that Ola had filed its application late Saturday evening while a meeting with Uber has been called and a consensus will be reached.
The Government's move has drawn a lot of criticism from the corporate segment, as this will bring more hurdles for these services.
Karnataka is the first state to mandate a licence for these app-based cab aggregators. The licence will put an end to surge pricing and cap the maximum fares directed by the Government. The services then will also have to register with the local transport authorities.
The transport department had earlier also asked the companies to suspend their bike services as they could not allow that to operate as taxis.