Delhi?s transport department bans Rapido, Uber and Ola bike taxis in NCR

Citing violations, the Delhi Transport Department has imposed a ban on the functioning of bike taxi services, where private bikes were being used for hiring rides.

App-based aggregators such as Ola, Uber and Rapido have been banned from plying bike taxis on the road without commercial permits.

The government, which had earlier sought to impose a levy of INR 1,00,000 for the same, has sent a warning now that any violation will result in penal action.

The government said running bike taxis would be considered a violation of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. The 2019 Amendment to the Act again made it clear that aggregators cannot operate without a valid licence.

‘It has been brought to the notice that two-wheelers having non-transport (private) registration mark/numbers are being used to carry passengers on hire which is a purely commercial operation and a violation of Motor Vehicle Act, 1988,’ a transport department notice read.

‘Any violation of the decision will result in a first offence penalty of INR 5,000 under Section 192 of the Act; second or more offences will lead to fines of INR 10,000, impounding of the vehicle and even imprisonment. In addition, the driving license of the driver will be suspended for a minimum period of three years,’ the notice added.

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