Public notice banning private bike taxis on Delhi roads (via NDTV) has been issued, which states that if a bike taxi remains operational even after the ban, it will be challaned and the license can also be canceled. All the aggregators associated with this service have also been warned that if they continue to take bookings on their platform (mobile app/website), action will be taken against them under the Vehicle Act.
According to the public notice, the new ban has a provision of fine up to one lakh rupees. The Transport Department has termed private bike taxis as a violation of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. Let us tell you that Ola, Uber, Rapido etc. provide this type of bike taxi service.
Talking about challans, the first-time offender can be fined Rs 5,000, while the second-time offender can be fined Rs 10,000 and imprisoned for up to one year. In these circumstances, the driver may also lose his license for three months.
As the notice says, the operation of the private bike taxi is in violation of the amendments made to the Motor Vehicles Act in 2019, which clearly states that aggregators cannot operate without a valid license.
Recently, Rapido challenged the Bombay High Court order to the aggregator to stop bike, taxi and rickshaw services in Maharashtra and sought relief in the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court refused to grant relief and all three aggregators (Ola, Uber, Rapido) had to stop such operations in the state.