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Ola gets license to operate in Karnataka but problems remain

The long-drawn struggle between Ola and the Karnataka state transport department appears to be finally over. The Economic Times reports that the Karnataka state government has given Ola the license to operate in the state after the cab aggregator was able to meet the conditions of the new guidelines for cab aggregators. This makes Ola the first cab aggregator to operate legally in the state. When contacted by MediaNama, Ola refused to comment. The company was able to obtain the license after registering and providing the necessary information of 100 vehicles to the transport department. Ola will have to abide by the new guidelines for its entire fleet. Transport commissioner Rame Gowda told ET: "Ola will have to follow the rules for the rest of its fleet as well. They have to install GPS, digital meter in the rest of their cars, only then will they get a licence." That will be a daunting task. Karnataka’s transport department issued the preliminary guidelines for cab aggregators in February— and they were "brutal.” Here is a sampling of the conditions: - The applicant should have a minimum of either 100 taxis owned or in agreement with individual taxi permit holders. - The applicant has to have a control room facility. (no further details) - The vehicle should have a display board inside the taxi with the driver’s info. - The vehicle should also be fitted with a ‘tamper proof electronic digital fare meter’ which is capable of generating a printed receipt to be given to…

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