news Thursday, June 04, 2015 - 05:30
    The Delhi government on Wednesday rejected US-based taxi provider Uber's fresh application for registration under the modified Radio Taxi Scheme 2006.   The decision was taken after the city government found that Uber "failed to submit the sworn affidavit of complying with the ban order in letter and spirit". Similar applications made by app-based cab providers Ola and Taxi4Sure were also turned down by the state government on the same grounds.    Despite being banned, these taxi services continue to operate in the capital as the city government does not have the mechanism to block their websites.    On Thursday, Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Muktesh Chander  took to social media to remind them of their violations. Chander tweeted, @Ola_Delhi If Ola cabs r banned in Delhi & their cabs r getting prosecuted & impounded why r the operating in Delhi? Playing cat & mouse? — Muktesh Chander IPS (@mukteshchander) June 3, 2015 Uber responded by saying,  .@mukteshchander Lakhs of hard-working livelihoods at stake b/c of this unilateral enforcement. We appeal to your office to resolve amicably — Uber Delhi (@Uber_Delhi) June 4, 2015 Following the rape of a 25-year-old woman by a cab driver of the Uber taxi company in December last year, the city government had banned all app-based taxi services. Last week, a Delhi woman accused a Uber cab driver of molesting her in neighbouring Gurgaon.   According to a report by The Indian Express, the Delhi Traffic Police in the last 24 hours prosecuted 158 taxi drivers- belonging to Ola, Uber and Taxi4Sure- and impounded more than 120 cabs for violating the ban imposed on them by the state.    Muktesh Chander told the newspaper that all traffic inspectors were asked to download the apps of the three cab services. “They were told to first book a cab through the app and then challan the driver when it arrives. The vehicle will also be impounded. We are also requesting the Transport department to initiate action under Section 188 of the IPC against company executives for not obeying government directions," Chander said.  Users of banned taxi operators like Uber, Ola and Taxi for Sure beware as these drivers do not have public service verification badges!!! — Muktesh Chander IPS (@mukteshchander) June 4, 2015 Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai had recently met representatives of Uber and Ola and told them to provide relevant information if they their wanted fresh licenses to be considered. They were asked to provide full details of their drivers and vehicles.   On Tuesday, Rai had said the city government would ask the Centre to block the websites and apps of Uber, Ola and other app-based taxi services in Delhi.   "It is beyond our understanding why the Centre, despite being informed, is not taking action against these taxi services. These services are taking undue advantage of being app-based," he had said.   The taxi operators have been told that their fresh applications for licences will only be considered after they furnish affidavits agreeing to standard and stringent safety norms, particularly for women passengers.   With inputs from IANS  
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