Starting May 1, the Karnataka transport department has said that it will come down hard on app-based taxi services like Ola and Uber, if they fail to follow the latest set of rules that they were notified of in April.
Speaking to the Times of India, state transport commissioner Rame Gowda said:
"Aggregators must obtain licences under the Karnataka On-Demand Transportation Technology Aggregator Rule 2016. The rule was enforced on April 2, but the companies are yet to complete the formalities. We won't budge to multinational companies. All these days, they blamed us for not having a legal framework to govern their operation...These companies started their services claiming to be cheaper than autorickshaws, but are fooling commuters through surge pricing."
As of now, the government is seizing vehicles and levying a heavy fine if the service providers are found at fault.
However, this has left the cab drivers in a fix, who claim that they are the ones at the receiving end of the fines, when it should be the company they work for.