Delhi government has been planning to ban the shared rides through app-based cab aggregators.
Earlier, Karnataka government had made a similar move by banning shared rise services provided by Uber and Ola.
“These services are in violation of permit conditions. Cab aggregators are introducing and running these facilities in a very clandestine way. They have been bringing out more variants of shared rides, which is technically illegal. The government was never consulted,” Hindustan Times quoted an official as saying.
The car pooling facilities have gained popularity within 15 months as the rides cost up to 50% less than the normal fare.
Sources quoted by Hindustan Times said that Delhi government will write to the Centre asking it to amend the Motor Vehicles Act at the earliest. “Car pooling is a good practice as it curbs pollution and decongests roads. But the fact that it is not within the law raises serious safety concerns. If an unforeseen incident happens during a shared ride, all fingers will be raised at the government,” the source told HT.