Delhi govt may ban sharing-cab facility under new transport rule

New Delhi: The Delhi government may ban the transport facility of sharing the app-based services which are currently provided by UberPOOL and Ola share. Sharing of the cab is not legally correct according to the officials of the Delhi transport department. A draft of the City Taxi Scheme 2017 has been prepared, which is yet to be finalised.

“In principle, we are in favour of cab sharing as it not only provides an affordable commuting option to passengers but also reduces the number of vehicles on roads. However, such operations don’t come under the present legal framework as taxis are only allowed to be hired from one point to another and cannot pick and drop passengers,” a government official said, reports Gadgets now.

“We plan to regulate operations of app-based cab services. Though a number of features of the scheme are yet to be finalised, cab sharing option would definitely have to go as it is legally not permitted,” the official added.

Under the previous transport law, taxis can’t carry multiple passengers as they run on contract carriage permits. In other terms, cabs can’t pick up or drop multiple passengers. Only vehicles with a stage carriage permit, such as public buses, are allowed to pick and drop passengers at multiple locations.

The last time the government had launched a taxi scheme was in 2015 and the present dispensation feels that with the changing scenario, it requires an update, sources said. “It was felt that some improvement is required in the old scheme and that is why a new plan has been prepared. We need proper regulation of taxi services in the city, particularly those run by app-based cab services” the official added.