Sunday, January 30, 2022

70 Ola, Uber cabs booked at Bengaluru airport

Bengaluru: The transport department on Saturday booked several cabs attached to Ola and Uber at Kempegowda International Airport for not renewing cab aggregator licence.

Sources said Ola’s licence expired in June 2021 and Uber’s in December 2021. While both cab aggregators applied for licence renewal, the transport department is yet to issue them.

L Narendra Holkar, additional commissioner of transport (enforcement), said: “Licences of both Ola and Uber have expired. They applied for renewal but there are several short-comings in their applications. It’s illegal to run Ola and Uber cabs in the city,” he said, adding they booked cases against 70 cabs. “Most drivers were unaware licences had expired. We have decided to intensify the crackdown. If required, we will seize vehicles,” Holkar said.

Airport cab drivers staged a protest against the drive. Shaik Salauddin, national general secretary, Indian Federation of App-Based Transport Workers, said the department seized several Ola/Uber cabs on KIA road.

Ola and Uber were unavailable for comments. Both received licence from the department to run taxis in the city in 2016 under Karnataka On-Demand Transportation Technology Aggregators Rules, 2016.

30/01/22 Times of India

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