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Shared rides offered by app-based cab aggregators may continue

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Shared rides offered by app-based cab aggregators may continue in with the transport department considering amending the draft of the proposed City Taxi Scheme which is expected to be put in public domain later this month.

Earlier, the department had made a provision in the draft for banning shared taxi rides offered by online cab aggregators.

According to sources, Transport Minister Gahlot is against banning cab ride sharing and a final decision over it is expected to be taken tomorrow.

"The file related to proposed City Taxi Scheme is pending with the minister's office for his approval. Once the minister takes a decision, the draft will be sent to the Lt Governor and thereafter, it will be made public for general suggestion," an official, who did not wish to be named, said.

Cab aggregators operate with contract carriage permits that allow point-to-point transportation with no stop-overs between the origin and final destination of a ride.

In contrast, the stage carriage permit, given for public service transport, allows picking up and dropping passengers at different stops on a given route.

The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, has no provision to allow shared rides by cabs operating under contract carriage permits and it can be done only after an amendment to the Act.

Phone calls and messages to Gahlot did not elicit any response.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, December 06 2017. 22:10 IST