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Uber and Ola have submitted a plea requesting permission to order shared can service and it is now under consideration, the minister told OneIndia.
As the 3-day deadline issued by the State transport commissioner M.K.Aiyappa to cab aggregators- Uber and Ola to withdraw their ride-sharing services ended yesterday, UberPOOL and Ola Share now stand illegal in Bangalore starting today.
Reportedly, the notice has been issued by the Karnataka Transport department to discontinue the services of "Uberpool" and "Olashare" provided by the cab aggregators.
"We are not against ride-sharing".
Karnataka Transport Department had deployed a team of ten traffic inspectors especially to keep a check on Ola and Uber's cab services. It only allows for point to point pick up and drop.
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"In fact, the recent expert committee report on urban mobility which has been accepted by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways expressly recommends and recognizes seat sharing in taxis as eco friendly and being a cheap transportation option".
Uber, however, has chose to take the issue head on and not comply to the Friday deadline set by the transport department.
However the company did not respond on their strategy post the completion of 15 days deadline.
Even as the vehicles were impounded, the orders received flak by the media which calls it a regressive move.
Uber has also claimed that the existing laws clearly permit this arrangement, as they said, "The law permits a contract carriage permit-holder to stop to pick up or set down passengers who are included in the contractual understanding with the driver". The Commissioner had given them time till Friday to stop the services.
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Over 25 percent of the total trips in Bangalore are pool trips for Uber. Uber also started an aggressive '#SwitchtoPOOL' campaign to promote the service.
Speaking to reporters Uber Bangalore branch General ManagerChristian Freese said auto pooling should be encouraged and nototherwise as it helped bring down pollution levels in the cities andalso saved precious motor fuel. The government of Karnataka has chose to curb ride sharing where can aggregators pick up more than one customer from different locations and take a fraction of the cost of the ride for it.
Both Ola & Uber did not reply to an email seeking comment.
In December, India's federal government released guidelines to regulate the country's taxi industry, finally making ride-hailing apps like Uber and Ola, which had so far been operating in a regulatory gray zone, legal in the country.
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