The Delhi government has banned the use of bike taxis in the national capital. The Delhi Transport Department has issued a public notice in which it has asked all service providers including Rapido, Ola and Uber to stop plying their bike taxis in the city.
In a public notice, the Transport Department of the Delhi government said that two-wheelers with non-transport registration numbers are being used to carry passengers, which is a violation of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and punishable under section 192 of the Act. Is. ,
The department said that for violating the rule for the first time, a fine of Rs 5,000 will be imposed on the passengers. However, subsequent violations will be punished very severely. The Delhi Transport Department has said in the notice that for the second or subsequent offence, the rider will be fined Rs 10,000 and may also face imprisonment which may extend to one year. In case of subsequent violation, the department will also impound the vehicle.
“It has been brought to the notice that two-wheelers bearing non-transport (private) registration marks/numbers are being used for carrying passengers for hire or reward which is a purely commercial operation and the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and is in violation of the rules made there under,” the state transport department wrote in its public notice.
Apart from this, the Delhi Transport Department will also suspend the driving license of the driver for at least three months.
Additionally, the department in its public notice said that digital platforms that facilitate such operations through their apps will be fined up to Rs one lakh for violating the order. “Further, it is also observed that certain digital platforms are facilitating such operations by offering bookings through an App, thereby involving themselves as an aggregator in contravention of the provision of section 93. and shall be punishable under section with fine which may extend to one lakh rupees. 193 (2) of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988,” the department added in the notice.
These details were shared by Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot on Twitter. In his post, the minister also said that the aggregator policy for two-wheelers, three-wheelers and four-wheelers is in its final stages and will soon be used to grant licenses under the new scheme.
View public notice by TPT department. Against private two wheelers being used for carrying passengers in contravention of statutory provisions.
Aggregator policy for 2W, 3W and 4W is in its final stages and will be launched soon to help them apply for grant of license under the new scheme. pic.twitter.com/QYYPWYxujm
— Kailash Gahlot (@kgahlot) February 20, 2023
It is worth noting that the development comes shortly after the Supreme Court declined to entertain an appeal filed by Rapido challenging the Maharashtra government’s refusal to grant a two-wheeler bike taxi aggregator license to the company.
At that time a bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud had noted that the amendments made to the Motor Vehicles Act in 2019 clearly state that an aggregator cannot operate without a valid license. A
There was no policy on licensing of bike taxis and no fare structure policy. It argued before the High Court that a committee has been set up to look into developing guidelines for bike taxis in the state.
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