Waiting for new Central rules, says 'inert' Transport dept

Guidelines for aggregator taxi firms, action against violators on hold

Waiting for new Central rules, says 'inert' Transport dept

A lot seems to be riding on the Centre’s draft Road Transport and Safety Bill of the amended Motor Vehicles Act. The State’s Transport department is putting off all its decisions and even deferring taking action against violators, on the grounds that it is waiting for the new guidelines.

Be it framing rules for taxi aggregator companies to operate services or taking action against these operators for charging illegal convenience fee from the passengers, the department officials are not taking a call for almost three months now, since the time the issue gained momentum after a girl was raped by a cab driver in Delhi in December last year.

This, despite the fact that the traditional taxi operators in the city and several unions have been demanding that the department bring the aggregators under the ambit of the rules of the department.

The leader of a taxi association said, “We have been following it up with the department officials for almost two months now and each time, we are told that the guidelines from the Centre are awaited. The State has its own rules and can very well bring the aggregators who are monopolising the industry under its control”.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Transport Commissioner Dr Ramegowda said, “We are waiting for the guidelines from the Centre. We are hoping that in a week’s time, we will receive the same.”

When questioned as to why no action is being taken against the cab aggregators which have not registered till date, despite the department asking them to do so in December last, he said, “A lot of people depend on taxis for their commute. We cannot entirely stop the taxis from plying.”

The department is also overlooking the illegal fee charged by the autos and taxis run by aggregate companies and is not taking any action.

This is despite the fact that already many states, including Delhi, are strictly following the rules and are not allowing the taxis to operate without these being registered with the Transport department.

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