Drive App-based Taxis Off Roads For Now, Says Centre

Home Ministry urges people not to hire such cabs till robust regulatory mechanism is brought in; TN to draft policy to register all firms’ cabs under their own brand names for accountability.

Published: 10th December 2014 05:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th December 2014 08:06 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Amid outrage over the Delhi cab rape incident, the Union Home Ministry has issued an advisory to all the states and Union territories recommending a nationwide ban on all application based cab services, including Uber, until they secure a licence from the authorities.

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UBER UNCOOL.JPGThe Transport Department of Delhi has already banned Uber in the national capital, blacklisting the company from providing any transport services. “All such web based taxi service providers which are not licensed with the state governments/UT administrations should also be prohibited to operate till they get registered with the state governments or UT Administrations,” Home Ministry advisory sent to all states and UTs stated.

Cab Safety in Other Cities

The Home Ministry advisory directed the states and UTs to ensure that operations of these services are stopped and public may be advised not to hire any transport service provided by the said companies till they obtain necessary licence, permission from the concerned State or UT governments.

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who made a statement in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, said the cab services will be allowed after proper verification and the process will be conducted through a transparent process. Singh also said the government will launch a drive to check the identity card issued to the drivers.

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Not really Accountable

Representatives of a popular call taxi in Chennai confirmed that the legal liability for such taxis owned by individuals and operating under their brand name rested with the owner. Though the firm took ‘moral responsibility’, legal responsibility was car owner’s.

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