In a big relief to cab aggregators like Uber and Rapido, the Delhi High Court on Friday stayed the public notices and show cause notices issued by the Delhi Transport Department against the continuation of their operations.
A division bench of Justices Suresh Kumar Kait and Nina Bansal Krishna also directed Until the policy is made, the transport department will not take any coercive action against Rapido and others.
Abhishek Awasthi said, “The Hon’ble High Court has ordered that no coercive steps shall be taken by the concerned authorities in NCT of Delhi against Rapido Bike Taxi and its riders, unless necessary by the Government to regulate the operation of bike taxis.” Regulation is not notified.” , Rapido’s lawyer.
“This is a very welcome decision for Rapido and its captains, and will prevent undue hardships currently being faced by captains due to challans issued by the Department of Transport,” he said.
In February this year, bike taxi operators like Ola, Uber and Rapido were warned not to ply on Delhi roads as it violates motor vehicle laws.
The transport department said in a public notice that a fine of up to Rs one lakh would be imposed on these companies as using the bike for commercial purposes violates the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
The state government had directed app-based bike taxi companies to stop their services immediately to avoid prosecution and fines.
Ashish Kundra, principal secretary of the Delhi government’s transport department, told ET that the use of bike taxis has increased in the capital and the government will introduce rules to book rides anonymously from shadow transport enforcement officers and penalize drivers and taxi drivers. company to run.
“Police do background checks on auto and cab drivers driving vehicles with yellow plates, which ensures safety, especially for women,” he added. “Not so in the case of bike taxis as they are not covered under any regulation.”
(With inputs from Indu Bhan of ET Bureau)
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