DCW seeks compliance report from cab cos

The DCW has asked five city cab aggregators, including Ola and Uber, to furnish details about their compliance of the rules imposed by the Delhi government like fitting GPS tracking device and panic buttons in taxis within seven days.

Taking suo-moto cognisance of threat to women’s safety posed by unregulated taxi aggregators in Delhi and the recent case of molestation of a Belgian national by an Ola cab driver, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has asked the cab companies to submit details such as number of drivers with each company having banner of company that possess the Public Services Badge and those verified by police.

As per the prevalent rules and regulations imposed by the government, taxi aggregators need to satisfy conditions such as GPS tracking device, a display panel, “good moral character of the driver” without any criminal record, etc.

Apart from information on compliance on these rules, the DCW has also asked the companies – Uber, Ola, Taxiforsure, Ridz, and Meru—to provide details on drivers having licenses from outside the state. It has also asked the protocol the aggregators follow to connect to police in case a distress call is received.

“Please provide us copies of all standard operating procedures followed by you for the same, data on response time and a brief summary of all cases in 2015 that have required police intervention,” the commission said in the letter. It has directed the companies to provide the information in seven days failing which appropriate action will be taken.

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