10-day grace period for cabs to obtain city permit

10-day grace period for cabs to obtain city permit

10-day grace period for cabs to obtain city permit
The Transport department will give aggregator cabs, a 10-day grace period to obtain the required permits to operate taxis, after the gazette notification of the new rules.

The period for public objections to the rules ends on March 9, after which a gazette notification is undertaken and a final order issued on the rules. It is only after this that the permits have to be obtained.

The 10-day grace time is given because it takes a few days for the process of getting permits from the RTOs and the regional transport authority (RTA). Once the 10-day period ends, the RTOs and the RTA will be in a position to take away the existing permits of the taxis.

Consequently, aggregator cabs can no longer operate as taxis. The only relief for aggregators is that the 10-day period starts from the day of notification of the gazette papers.

Transport permit

It is mandatory for all types of cabs plying across the City to possess a transport vehicle permit obtained from the respective regional transport offices, the Transport Department officials said.

Speaking with Deccan Herald, Transport Commissioner Ramegowda said most cabs were plying as non-transport vehicles with wrong permits such as luxury car permits.

“Many cabs are plying with inappropriate permits. We have been conducting drives against vehicles with such permits and on an average, nearly 100 vehicles are seized. Of these, 25 per cent of the vehicles are taxis,” he said.

He said drives were also being carried out against cab aggregators. “The Transport department also cracked the whip on bike taxis plying without a valid legal permit,” Ramegowda said.

According to the Transport Department officials, cabs plying in the City should have a city taxi permit and not a luxury car permit. Also, cabs cannot ply legally in the City if they have a State permit.

Yellow board must

Apart from having to be categorised as a transport vehicle, taxis have to carry a yellow board and not a white board. Most cabs are run without yellow boards and this is true of cab aggregators, too. The yellow board indicates that the vehicle is being used for public purpose, while the white board indicates the cab is not being run as a taxi, a Transport department official said.

Cabs can be monitored under the Indian Motor Vehicles Act only if they are classified as transport vehicles. The Transport department is having a tough time taking legal action against cab aggregators due to these loopholes.

Technology platforms

Meanwhile, cab aggregators Ola and Uber maintain that they are technology platforms and not companies in the traditional sense.
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