Uber office raided; company told to get licence for cabs

Uber office raided; company told to get licence for cabs

A week after making efforts to trace the whereabouts of Uber officials in Bengaluru, the Transport department officials on Monday raided the office of the company on MG Road. The officials seized laptops and mobile phones of some officials as Uber was still found to be illegally operating its taxis in the City.

The Union government had directed all the states to ban the services of Uber.
The Transport department officials were trying to communicate with Uber officials in the backdrop of the rape incident involving a driver belonging to the company in Delhi. Following the incident, the State transport department had directed all taxi service providers to register themselves with the department to continue plying in the City.

 A team of the department led by Additional Commissioner Narendra Holkar conducted the raid. Speaking with Deccan Herald, Holkar said, “We have strictly told the Uber company officials to shut down their office. They should first seek a licence and register themselves to be able to continue offering their services in the State.” As per officials of the team which raided the office, Uber is operating 3,500 taxis in the City through their mobile-based app.

The team found that owners of some 300 taxis were present, so as to ply their vehicles under the Uber banner.

Unlicensed company?
The officials told them that this was an unlicensed company and that they would also be committing an illegality if they associated themselves with Uber.

Officials also warned the Uber officials against opening their office and running their services. If they did, they would be liable to criminal proceedings, said an official.

Uber officials had not participated even in the joint meeting conducted by the transport commissioner and police commissioner recently, to fix the norms for taxi services.

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