The Karnataka state government has announced the closure of app-based auto services in the state within the next three days. Auto services have been declared “illegal” by apps including Ola, Uber and Rapido economic times (ET).
According to the notice of the department, “auto services should be stopped and passengers should not be charged more than the fare fixed by the government.” Several commuters had reported incidents where they were overcharged by autos for short distances.
Karnataka government to ban Ola, Uber, Rapido auto services: Know why
The government has given companies three days to comply with the rates prescribed by the government and submit their response and compliance report. According to the Karnataka government, companies can charge only Rs 30 for the first 2 km and a fixed rate of Rs 15 after that. However, reportedly, these companies were charging a minimum of Rs 100 for less than 2 km.
Therefore, the government has decided to declare app-based auto services “illegal” in Bangalore and other parts of the state. According to state police officials, Ola, Uber and Rapido are not eligible to operate their own auto-rickshaws, but only taxis.
According to a statement by Transport Commissioner THM Kumar shared with Times Now, “Aggregators are providing auto-rickshaw services in violation of government norms. Along with this, it has also come to the notice of the department that customers are being charged more rates than the rates fixed by the government.
With this news, a mixed reaction can be seen among the daily wagers in the state of Karnataka. Here are some of the tweets reflecting people’s reactions to the news.
SG Palaya from Koramangala, just one km, 300 to 500 at night
Ola, Uber or Rapido it’s just 100, which seems illegal now?🙄
Bangalore is going backwards, they should at least constitute a committee and address public opinion, mere adherence to the demands of the Sangh will not work. https://t.co/dtkZF6tpXX
— Locke (@RioContradicts) 7 October 2022
#Hailstone, #Uber, # rapido declared #illegal in Bangalore.
< 2kms . Minimum fee of ₹100 even for
My ride challan is attached, this has happened to me many times
no particular reason @olacabs @Uber_India @rapidobikeapp , pic.twitter.com/MfpxkqgCtQ
— Prerit OPAmeta (@PreritOPAmeta) 7 October 2022
The time has come for the government to take steps in the name of convenience and stop the loot. @tdkarnataka Peak hours surge is just one reason, check any point of the day, the price is more than twice the government approved rates.
The reason for “paying our drivers fair compensation” is an open lie
— Ranjit Rai (@infinityranjith) 7 October 2022
First appeared on BGR India after the Bengaluru government banned Ola, Uber, Rapido Auto for overcharging.