App-based cab services policy has DHC stamp, says Satyendra Jain

New Delhi, Aug. 10 : Delhi's Transport Minister Satyendra Jain on Wednesday said that a policy for application-based cab services has been prepared as per the high court's direction and is based on a previously implemented premium bus service policy.

"To regulate the app-based cab services, we have prepared a policy. It is based on the policy that was earlier made for premium bus services. The cab service provider cannot charge extra and take hidden prices. Everything has to be declared, no extra prices will be allowed," Jain said. Jain also said the government is planning to install meters in all cabs and people will be charged according to that.

"The GPS installation process is being discussed and will be finalised later," he added. The Delhi Government has prepared a policy for application-based cab services like Ola and Uber for the national capital.

The policy will be sent to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung for approval. Once approved, the policy will be notified by the Delhi Government. According to the policy, all application-based cabs will ply by meter and within the prescribed fare approved by the government and there will be no surcharge and fare beyond the rate fixed by the government.

The commuters will be informed about the tariff to be made compulsory and GPS installation is mandatory as per the policy.

After approval, the Delhi Government will consult cab service providers and other stakeholders. The policy has been prepared to curb irregularities by app-based cab services like Ola and Uber. The Delhi High Court had recently asked the Delhi Government to make a app-based cab services policy. The court said app-based cab companies will have to abide by the rates stipulated by the Delhi Government till the panel comes out with its model law.

The court was hearing a number of petitions filed by an association of radio taxi operators and app-based cab taxi service provider Ola.

Source: ANI