Uber taxis seized in Delhi for running without license

The Delhi police has said that three ride-hailing services did not have the required licenses to operate

Uber's logo

Uber's logo

Delhi police said 120 ride-hailing taxis linked to Uber Technologies and two Indian operators have been impounded, as the companies did not have licenses to operate.

The drive against these companies using Web-based technologies was the result of their continuing operations despite a prohibition on their services in the city until they obtained a license from the Delhi Transport Department, police said Friday.

"I am not against any App based taxi aggregator. They just need to follow the rules," tweeted Muktesh Chander, Delhi's special commissioner of police for traffic.

Following the alleged rape of a woman passenger by an Uber driver last year, the Delhi transport authorities had initially banned the service of operators using smartphone apps to book rides, but then asked the operators to seek licenses under the city's revised Radio Taxi Scheme.

The companies, however, continued to operate the service under cover, according to the police. The authorities also considered asking the Indian government to block user access to the apps of these operators under local Internet rules.

Uber said in January that it had applied for a license under the new rules, which would require the ride-hailing company to have a fleet of at least 200 radio taxis directly owned or through an agreement with individual taxi permit holders.

Companies also have to meet other conditions such as offering a call center, have a registered office in Delhi and an official website with information on its operations, and provide panic buttons in the vehicles. Uber was of the opinion that the button should be incorporated in its app, a feature it later introduced, but the department has called for physical panic buttons in the vehicle.

The applications of these companies to operate in Delhi were rejected on Wednesday, according to the Press Trust of India.

Another Uber driver was accused recently of forcibly trying to kiss a woman passenger, which probably led to the police crackdown this week on the ride-hailing companies that were known to operate under cover for nearly six months.

ANI Technologies' Ola, the largest operator in the country, acquired TaxiForSure in March for US$200 million. The two services are operating as separate entities. Ola is being probed by the Competition Commission of India for predatory pricing, which allegedly led to it spending more than its revenue per trip on offers to drivers and customers.

Uber said it could not comment on how many vehicles had been seized but added that it wasn't "a lot." The company said it was awaiting new government guidelines to seek the necessary approvals. Ola did not immediately comment, while TaxiForSure declined to comment.

John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for The IDG News Service. Follow John on Twitter at @Johnribeiro. John's e-mail address is john_ribeiro@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags internetInternet-based applications and servicesOLAUber TechnologiesTaxiForSure

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

John Ribeiro

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?