A day prior the state transport department’s ban on ride-sharing services offered by taxicabs comes into effect in the city, cab aggregator Uber on Thursday made it clear that it had no intention of scrapping UberPOOL – its pooling service – keeping up that the service did not damage guidelines stipulated in the Motor Vehicle Rules of 1989.
The transport department said that the contract carriage allows issued to Ola and Uber cabs did not allow the companies to offer shared rides, and the aggregators were asked to suspend these services after three days.
Uber‘s GM for Bengaluru, Christian Freese called attention that there was a provision in the Motor Vehicles Rules that allowed taxis to have multiple pick up and drop points. “When the passengers agree to share a ride, they accept a contract. We met the officials from the transport department on Thursday to allay concerns they have raised over these services. Though we are offering these services in other Indian cities too, they are being termed illegal only in Bengaluru. There is no push to remove these services from the market,” he stated.
UberPOOL is accessible in six Indian cities: New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru.
However, a RTO official said that ride-sharing services offered by cab aggregators were not the same as carpooling.
“We have to see whether such services are being run within the current framework or not. The contract carriage permit does not allow for passengers to be picked up and dropped at multiple points. We are not against the idea. In fact, they can approach us seeking modifications to the existing laws, which we will subsequently forward to the government,” he added.
City has fifth highest number of UberPOOL users
Its congested avenues, and movement growls on blood vessel streets, may have earned the Bengaluru the unflattering
epithet, ‘Moving parking garage’, and mindfulness battles worrying on the advantages of carpooling have been around for quite a while. Uber, truth be told, asserted that Bengaluru bragged the fifth most noteworthy number of UberPool clients on the planet. Bengaluru trails San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago in the quantity of UberPOOL clients.
Ride-sharing administrations have spared 4.40 lakh liters of fuel, meaning 10.37 lakh kg in carbon outflows, Uber said.
Freese said that, given the number of new vehicles hitting the city’s streets every day, importance of pool services could not be understated. “A study of stress levels of people on the road indicated that 63% of Bengalureans are worried about traffic, while 56% are concerned about finding parking spots. This is why UberPOOL services were launched in Bengaluru before being offered in other Indian cities,” he added.
Uber has begun an online appeal, BLRNEEDSPOOL, to rally nationals around its cause. The request of focuses out that sharing administration represents 25% of its business in the city. The organization plans to get upwards of 50,000 natives to sign the request. As on Thursday, the request of had gathered more than 13,000 marks.
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Sameeksha Bhardwaj, From ITvoir News Desk