Mumbai-based taxi rental service Bookmycab has received a licence from the Delhi government to operate in the Delhi-NCR region, reports ET Tech. The license will let the aggregator officially operate in the city, as well as advertise itself on its radio taxis.
BookMyCab also claims to have a license from the Maharashtra government to provide cab bookings over phone or its app. As of now, the rental service operates in Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi-NCR and Hyderabad and claims that it will be launching soon in Chennai, Bangalore and Pune.
Interestingly, just last month the Delhi government had rejected the applications for licence by Uber, Ola and TaxiForSure. Subsequently, the Delhi Court passed an order stating that the Delhi Transport Department cannot reject the radio taxi licenses of Ola and TaxiForSure on the basis that they failed to submit a sworn affidavit, which declared that Ola/TaxiForSure were complying with the ban imposed by the Delhi government.
Previously in February, the Delhi government transport department had started a consultation with the Centre to block the IP address of Uber and shut down its operations in the country if it did not get a radio taxi licence to ply. The whole saga began following an alleged rape of a 27-year old woman by one of the Uber drivers in December, when the Delhi Government considered cancelling the permission of Uber and scrutinizing the permits of all private taxi services.
Note that, in April the Indian government ruled out banning cab-hailing apps, but said it would impose conditions to make their operations safer. This was after the the Delhi government had asked the Ministry of Communications & IT to block the online taxi booking apps of Uber and Ola in the city in March. Subsequently, ISPs in Delhi were to write to the Department of Telecom (DoT) of their inability to block websites or apps of Uber and Ola, due to the platforms using SSL encryption.
– In November last year, Bookmycab had acquired the Hyderabad-based online taxi booking service provider CabonClick to expand to Hyderabad. CabonClick was subsequently integrated into Bookmycab.com, with the former’s website redirecting to the latter along with its entire fleet and listings.
– Bookmycab received its first round of funding from the early stage venture capital network YourNest Angel Fund and Mumbai Angels back in July 2012. Interestingly, the company had said then that it would apps for both Android and iOS, however, it currently only has an Android app.