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Delhi HC to Delhi govt: Is Ola violating the new radio taxi scheme?

The Delhi High Court has asked the Delhi government and traffic police to report on whether online cab aggregator Ola is violating HC orders by plying in the city, reports The New Indian Express. The HC had issued a ban on online cab aggregators in January this year, asking them to comply with the modified radio taxi scheme. The Association of Radio Taxis (which includes Mega Cabs, Meru Cabs and Easy Cabs) issued a plea stating that ANI Technologies, the parent company of Ola was still operating in the city, violating the court order. The association also alleged that Ola was operating in Delhi despite orders on 29 July and 11 August which upheld the ban, for which it sought initiation of contempt against Bhavish Aggarwal, Ola’s CEO and founder. According to this ET report, the Delhi Transport Department has also joined in the contempt plea of the radio taxi association against Aggarwal. To HC’s question on how Ola’s bills stated that they were running cabs on diesel and not CNG, the taxi association stated that all of Ola’s contracted taxis were diesel cabs with All India Tourist Permits (AITP). In July, Ola had contended that it was not amenable to Delhi government’s modified radio taxi scheme because it had AITP and hence did not need to apply for a licence to operate in the city. Ola also said that other non app-based taxi organisations came under the radio taxi scheme as well. It added that it did not own…

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