New Delhi: App-based cab booking services like Uber, which reignited the women safety debate in India, may be back on Delhi roads given if they follow the new set of rules by Delhi Transport Department.
The online cab-hailing companies, including San Francisco-based Uber Technologies Inc, were banned from providing its services following the rape of a 25-year-old financial analyst allegedly by the driver of a cab she booked through Uber’s mobile-application.
New guidelines for radio taxis for plying in Delhi -
- Under the new rules, for the taxis to operate within the national capital, a panic button must be installed in the cab so when in case of distress the passenger can transmit a signal to the control centre of the lincencee and therefrom to the nearest police station or the Police Control Room (PCR).
- One of the key change is the permission to the operators to book cab for the passengers through telephone, mobile or its web portal. Companies like Uber were operating through a mobile application.
- As per the new guidelines, the operators will have to record reasons if the GPS stops functioning, along with the duration when it was on the blink.
- The new guidelines have said the colour of the radio taxi should be white "with a coloured strip on both sides of the taxi prominently displaying the name of the licensee.
- The permit issued by the transport authority should be displayed at a prominent place inside the radio cab.
- The New rules also say that the fleet size of the radio taxis must be cut from 500 to 200.
However, after the tweak in the rules Uber said that the new guidelines do not help them serve their riders as it is not a radio taxi company. The company, value at about $40 billion said it will continue talks with the transport office.