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Uber Commute is ‘illegal’, should be stopped, says a taxi union in Telangana

Update at 4:19 PM: Uber has taken down the blog, dated January 4, 2019, which talked about the availability of Uber Commute in the following areas: Lingampally, Miyapur, Nizampet, Kukatpally, SR Nagar, Vengal Rao Nagar, Ameerpet, Panjagutta, Khairthabad, Banjara Hills, Yousufguda, Srinagar Colony, Jubilee Hills, Madhapur, Hitech City, Kondapur, Gachibowli, Kokapet, Tellapur. We have archived the webpage here. Another blog on Uber's website, dated January 18, 2019, which mentions that "Currently, Commute is only available across Hyderabad except for the Airport," is still online. It is worth mentioning that we hadn't linked out to this webpage when we reported on the story earlier this afternoon. This blog has been archived here. Earlier at 1 pm:  In a letter to Telangana's Minister of Labour and Employment, the Telangana State Taxi and Drivers Joint Action Committee has called for "putting a stop" to Uber Commute, the company's private car pooling service since it is “illegal”, and contradicts the Motor Vehicles Act, 2019 (letter below). The union met with Minister Malla Reddy on February 19 to put forth their concerns about the service, and also called for a meeting between a delegation of Ola/Uber drivers organisations, Reddy, and other ministry officials “at the earliest”. The JAC represents over 35,000 drivers in Hyderabad, including 8 Ola and Uber unions. We have reached out to Uber for comment. Uber Commute, which was launched in Hyderabad in January 2019, allows private car owners to turn their vehicle into an Uber ride “without needing a commercial driving licence or a yellow number plate”. According to…

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