New Delhi: Delhi government on Thursday decided to continue with the ban on app-based cab booking company Uber and has asked it to fulfill the conditions for taxi operations in the national capital before seeking revocation of punitive action.
The Transport Department had given a hearing to the US-based cab service provider following a directive from the Delhi High Court. "Transport Department has decided to continue the ban on Uber till they fulfill the conditions laid down in recently modified Radio Taxi-2006 and under which, taxi service providers must need to register themselves with transport department," said a source.
Sources said Uber wanted to operate its taxis in the national capital without going for registration, but the Transport Department ruled it out. According to the Transport Department, all taxi aggregators, including app-based cab service, will have to register themselves with the department and will also be responsible for their driver's behaviour.
The Transport Department had on December 26 modified the Radio Taxi Scheme 2006, making specific guidelines for their operation, which include mandatory installation of GPS devices, a panic button and providing of full database of their drivers to city police.
Delhi government had banned web-based taxi booking services, including Uber on December 8 following outrage over the rape of a 27-year-old financial executive allegedly by a driver of the Uber cab, which operates through mobile application.
"According to new rules, radio taxi should be fitted with a GPS and GPRS-based tracking device, printer, and a display panel showing the path traversed and total distance covered," the new guidelines states.
"Radio taxi provider should have a registered office in the city and details of its headquarter including telephone number, e-mail ID will have to be provided by them to the transport department," according to the guidelines.