Ola-Uber cab service illegal according to Maharashtra Transport Minister Diwakar Raote

Maharashtra Transport Minister Diwakar Raote was speaking at an inaugural function of 30th Road Safety Week where he said that the Ola-Uber taxi service is illegal

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Maharashtra Transport Minister Diwakar Raote on Monday said that application-based taxi aggregators such as Ola and Uber are “illegal” and are not following proper rules. 

While speaking at the inauguration of 30th Road Safety week, Raote said that the Ola and Uber are a problem for the other types of taxis such as the famous Kaali-Peeli (Black and Yellow) Taxi. “In my opinion, the Ola-Uber is an illegal taxi service,” Raote added.

The state transport minister further said that the tax service aggregators are not working in accordance with the rules created by the Maharashtra government. Raote further informed that their drivers are threatening to go for a strike. 

Moreover, in accordance with the Supreme Court’s order, under Ola-Uber taxi services only CNG-run cabs should be allowed to operate. However, the taxi aggregators are still using diesel-run cars which violates the rules. 

Pointing out that the cab aggregators are only granted permission to operate for tourists operation, but they are being run as app-based cabs in Maharashtra. Raote also added that he intends to implement the Maharashtra City Taxi Scheme 2017 to regulate the app-based cab aggregators. However, the matter is stuck in court. 

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These remarks come after the Bombay High Court had directed the Maharashtra government, earlier in January 2019, to take a decision for fixing the prices of the app-based cab aggregators. The HC had asked the state government to take this decision within eight weeks. 

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