Delhi government told bike taxi illegal, aggregator and driver will be fined
Feb 20, 2023 at 01:48 pm
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Using bike taxis in Delhi can lead to heavy fines.
The Delhi government's transport department issued a warning saying that using two-wheelers for commercial purposes is a violation of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, and aggregators involved in this service can be fined up to Rs 1 lakh.
Significantly, recently the Maharashtra government had also refused to grant license to bike taxis.
Bike taxi driver will also be fined
Delhi's Transport Department said that the driver of a bike taxi will be fined Rs 5,000 if caught for the first time flouting the rules.
On the other hand, if caught for the second time, the driver can be fined Rs 10,000 and imprisoned for up to one year. The department further informed that the vehicle license of the driver of the bike taxi will also be suspended for three months.
Why does the government want to ban?
The transport department, in its order, said that some app-based companies are posing themselves as an aggregator in violation of the Act and will be liable to pay a fine of Rs one lakh if found doing so.
An official said that bike taxis do not know who the driver is and any accident can happen. He said that this also poses a threat to women's safety.
Maharashtra government refused to give license for bike taxi
Last year, the Maharashtra government refused to give licenses for the use of bike taxis across the state, after which many companies like Rapido, Uber had to shut down a bike taxi service.
The Maharashtra government had said that plying of bike taxis is not allowed in the state as the government has not issued any policy or guidelines for the same.
Rapido filed a petition against this in the Supreme Court.
Rapido's petition was rejected by the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court, while hearing Rapido's plea, said that the amendments made in the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 in the year 2019 make it clear that bike taxi aggregators cannot provide their services without a valid license.
The Supreme Court bench had said in its judgment that the office of the Regional Transport Officer (RTO) of Pune had rejected the petition to grant license to Rapido on December 21.
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