The Delhi government has banned bike taxi service such as Uber, Ola, Rapido, etc. An issue is also issued to warn the service providers stating the violations in the matter would call for a penal action.
As per Delhi government, the running bike taxis, including private bikes are used by passengers for hire without a proper commercial license would be considered as a violation of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. The 2019 Amendment Act made it very clear that aggregators cannot operate without a valid license for commercial purpose.
In a public notice, the department has stated that any violation of the decision will result a penalty of Rs 5,000 and will go up to Rs 10,000 with up to one year in jail.
The digital platforms are facilitating taxi service operations through an app, and thereby taking on the role of an aggregator which stands in contravention, making them liable to penalities up to Rs 1 lakh.
How it will impact?
Many people are dependant on the bike taxis which helps you to reach destinations at reasonable cost. It also help users to slice from the traffic and saving time. However, with new operational rules, commuters would be left with no other choice but to opt out for e-rickshaws or regular rickshaws which are not just costlier but slow in traffic.