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The News Minute| December 11, 2014 | 16.55 pm IST Transport Commissioner Ramegowda on Tuesday confirmed that cab service provider Uber had not registered with the Transport Department. However, there has been no official order on banning the company from operating in Bangalore. Speaking to The News Minute, the commissioner said, “So far, only eight cab service companies have registered with us, the rest of them are therefore invalid.” When asked if they would declare banning Uber from the city, he said that it would not be necessary because they have not registered hence they cannot operate. “The list of registered services will be shared with the public and the onus lies upon them to avoid using unregistered ones,” he declared. KSTDC, Ola cabs, Meru cabs, Easy cabs, Rapid Taxi operations, Bangalore cabs, Spot City Taxi and Mega cabs are the only cab service providers to have registered, Ramegowda said. Clearing the air on what constitutes web-based cab services, the commissioner said that those cabs that provide services to customers using mobile applications via internet facility fall under this category. The move to check cab registrations comes in the wake of the rape of a 25-year-old woman in Delhi by an Uber cab driver. Following this, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had urged all states to ban web-based cab services. “The Ministry of Home Affairs has advised the State Governments/ UT Administrations to ensure that the operations of the web based taxi services are stopped and such service providers which are not licensed with the State Governments/ UT Administrations are prohibited to operate till they get themselves registered with the State Governments/ UT Administrations,” Singh had said in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Deccan Herald had quoted Karnataka Minister of Transport Ramlinga Reddy as saying: “We received a fax in the afternoon from the Centre asking us to ban Uber services if it is not registered with the State government. From Thursday we will be banning the services if it is not registered. However, there has been no official word on banning Uber or any other service as yet. Incidentally, the newspaper had also mentioned in its report that cab services of TaxiforSure and Ola had been banned. But according to the list shared by the Commissioner, Ola appears to have complied with the rules.
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