After Ola started operating bike taxis in Bengaluru without taking permission from the department. Several taxi drivers associations petitioned the department to take action against the cab aggregator.
New Delhi: Karnataka state government Bengaluru-based cab aggregator Ola’s licence on March 22. Following the ban, all the services of Ola including cars, autos and bikes were to be suspended across the state for the next six months. However, Priyank Kharge, the minister for social welfare in the state tweeted saying that Ola will run their business as usual from March 24.
The minister further went on to say in his tweet that there is an urgent need for policies to catch-up with new technologies and also industries too should work closer with the government to help evolve policies for innovations.
It may be noted that the ban came after Ola started operating bike taxis in Bengaluru without taking permission from the department. Several taxi drivers associations petitioned the department to take action against the cab aggregator. The State Transport Authority in a notice issued to ANI Technologies Pvt Ltd, which operates Ola, said that that the aggregator had violated the conditions mentioned in the Karnataka On-demand Transportation Aggregator Rules, 2016.
Following the ban, Old said in its statement, “We have been closely working with the authorities on this topic, responding to queries and making proactive representations to the ministry. Despite other companies continuing to operate illegally, we halted our bike taxi experiment weeks ago. Instead, we sought the state’s cooperation to develop a legal framework for a pilot that will continue to take advantage of emerging opportunities in the mobility economy.”
Worth mentioning here is that Ola started running bike taxis in certain pockets of Bengaluru in January this year. Following this, a show-cause notice was issued by the state to which Ola responded asking permission for 4-month pilot project. The cab aggregator has reportedly invested about $100 million in a domestic scooter sharing start-up company called Vogo which offers services in Bengaluru and Hyderabad.