Cops in overdrive, seize 500 cars

In the past one week, Delhi Traffic Police have verified over 1,000 taxi stands and challanged 3,851 drivers for violations of permit conditions.

Over 500 taxis were also impounded for violation of permit conditions, police said on Saturday.

On Friday, random checking of taxis carrying women was also carried out in which 1,423 vehicles were stopped and checked.

Only Easy Cab, Mega Cab, Meru Cab, Chanson Cab, Yo Cab and Air Cab are licensed with the Delhi Transport Department. Taxi service providers, who use web based technology, are prohibited from providing services till they get permission from the department.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Anil Shukla said even though vehicles with labels of the banned services could be identified, but it is impossible for the police on the ground to stop each vehicle.

“We have been conducting random checks for relevant documents of the driver and the vehicle, permit and public service vehicle badge. The challans are being issued under Motor Vehicles Act,” Shukla added.

Special checking teams have been deployed at the capital’s borders with Noida, Gurgaon and Ghaziabad, as the banned cab service providers have permission to operate in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. Police said cabs with the labels of some of the unauthorised cab service providers were stopped at the borders, but the drivers claimed they no longer work with the firms. As they had valid documents, the vehicles were allowed to leave after removing the labels. 

Earlier on Monday, US-based online ride-hailing service Uber was banned and blacklisted from providing any transport service in the capital by the Delhi Transport Department. A taxi was provided to the 26-year-old rape victim by Uber through a smartphone application, which was in contravention of the Motor Vehicles Act 1988.

In a special drive on Friday, traffic police had also placed 106 checking teams against drunk driving. “We issued challans to 239 persons for drunk driving and impounded 193 vehicles,” Shukla said.

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