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K’taka govt cracks down on Uber 2-wheelers, 62 taxis seized for flouting rules

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Cracking the whip, the Karnataka Government on Friday seized 62 two-wheeler taxis belonging to app- based cab aggregator Uber for violating the Motor Vehicles Act and operating services without obtaining permission.

“We have seized 62 two-wheeler taxis belonging to Uber for violating the Motor Vehicles Act. The company did not comply with the norms and was operating services without obtaining permission,” Karnataka Transport Commissioner Ramegowda told PTI.

Uber had on March 3 launched pilot on-demand two-wheeler taxi services UberMoto. The minimum fare for its service is fixed at Rs 15 followed by Rs three per km and Re one per minute of travel time.

As per norms, Ramegowda said the operators should apply for providing two-wheeler taxi services with the Road Transport Authority and obtain permission.

After receipt of the applications, the RTA scrutinises them before giving nod for operators to launch two-wheeler taxi services, Ramegowda said.

The commissioner also said taxis should use yellow boards, “but UberMoto is using white board for a taxi.”

Ramegowda said Ola (Uber’s rival) had stopped its two- wheeler taxi services.

Ola had also launched its pilot on-demand two-wheeler taxi services Ola Bike, on March 3.

Asked about the seizure of 62 two-wheeler taxis, an Uber spokesperson said, “No comments.”

PTI

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