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Delhi government warns Uber, Ola over resuming taxi services

Govt ordered a halt in December to operations of all unregistered web-based taxi companies after a female passenger reported she had been raped in New Delhi by a driver contracted to Uber.

Aditya Kalra | March 25, 2015 | Updated 09:43 IST
Delhi government warns Uber, Ola over resuming taxi services
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Authorities in New Delhi asked Uber Technologies and its Indian rival Ola on Tuesday to cease operations, saying that otherwise their applications for radio-taxi licences would not be processed, letters seen by Reuters show.

Government ordered a halt in December to operations of all unregistered web-based taxi companies after a female passenger reported she had been raped in New Delhi by a driver contracted to US cab company Uber.

Uber halted operations after the complaint but resumed in January after applying for a radio-taxi licence. Ola, backed by Japan's SoftBank, continued operations.

Delhi's government transport department said in separate, similarly-worded letters to local units of Uber and Ola that continuing their taxi services would contravene a December order by the government.

Rules set by Delhi's transport department in December require companies operating taxi-hailing apps to install emergency buttons in their cabs and have tracking devices.

"In order to process your application further, I am directed to seek a sworn affidavit declaring therein that you are complying with the ban order imposed upon your company in letter and spirit," an official from the transport department wrote.

(Reuters)

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