The Delhi government has ordered all taxi operators to install GPS tracking in their vehicles failing which a fitness certificate will not be issued, reports BGR India. The decision will be enforced on all types of taxis, including traditional black-and-yellow cabs and radio taxis throughout the city.
However the government has failed to mention by when it plans to enforce this move. Additionally, according to this ET report, the Delhi Taxis’ Union has threatened to launch a series of protests if the government does not withdraw its decision immediately. The city, currently has over 15,000 cabs plying its roads.
This ruling comes four months after various security concerns were raised against online cab booking services following the alleged rape of a 27-year old woman by a Uber driver, who was part of Uber’s then recently launched low-cost India-only service UberGO.
Following this incident, the Delhi government had banned all unlicensed taxi services like Ola & TaxiForSure, after banning Uber for “misleading consumers” by plying taxis with All India permits which is not allowed while offering point-to-point travel services in the city. However, we are not quite sure how effective this ban has been, since several taxi services including Ola & TaxiForSure were still operating in New Delhi.
The Delhi Transport Department had then brought online cab aggregators like Uber, Ola and TaxiForSure under radio taxi license by amending its radio taxi regulations. The department said that these services will continue to remain banned until they comply with these new norms and opt for a radio taxi license.
In January this year, the Delhi Transport Department had found certain deficiencies in the license applications of Uber, Ola, TaxiForSure and NTL Call Cabs and rejected their applications. TaxiForSure’s application had the most deficiencies, followed by Uber and Ola had the least information missing from its application. Last month, Uber had been given seven days to complete their radio taxi license application as per the new regulations by the Delhi Government or face rejection. Later in the month, Uber had confirmed to Medianama that they have submitted all required details and documents. In fact, the Delhi govt was reportedly contemplating blocking the IP address of Uber and shutting down its operations in the country if it does not get a radio taxi licence to ply.