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Uber: We Believe UberPOOL is Within Law

Uber has also started a public petition urging Bangaloreans to support UberPOOL.

Press Trust Of India

Updated:February 3, 2017, 11:33 AM IST
Uber: We Believe UberPOOL is Within Law
Uber has rolled out a series of road safety features in its drivers' app in 29 cities across the country. (Image: REUTERS/Toby Melville/Illustration)

As the three days time given by Karnataka transport department to cab aggregators against offering share services coming to end, Uber today said that it very much believes in the legality of its shared service UberPOOL.

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Uber has also started a public petition urging Bangaloreans to support UberPOOL.

"As we believe that UberPOOL is within the law, right now there is no push to stop the product, so there is definitely a discussion going on (with transport department) right now as we speak...also how we can address their concerns," Uber General Manager, Bengaluru, Christian Freese told reporters here.

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He said "the ride share is something that is very much welcome for a city like Bengaluru, we need to work with it, thats why we are sitting down at the table together with them because, we need to have that voice of the rider, the driver and also the the community of Bangalore itself on the table to discuss the matter and find the best solution."

Karnataka Transport Commissioner MK Aiyappa on Monday after meeting with cab aggregators had said that the transport department will not take action against them for next three days for offering share services which it had termed illegal under the Central Motor Vehicle Act and Karnataka On-demand Transportation Technology Aggregators Rules, 2016.

According to the department cab aggregators like Uber and Ola have contract carriage permits under which they are allowed for point-to-point pick-ups and drops. They don t have stage carriage permit to pickup and drop along a particular route.

Stating that UberPOOL is a product that enables driver partners to pick up and drop identified riders through the Uber App under a single contract, the company officials said when a rider chooses UberPOOL, he/she consents to another person sharing the trip and there is a clear understanding between all the riders on the trip and the Driver Partner that the trip and the vehicle will be shared.

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