Uber halts 'illegal' two-wheeler taxi services in Bengaluru

Since the launch of service in March this year, the State transport department had seized closed to 100 two-wheelers operated by Uber.
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After the authorities touting Bike services as ‘illegal’, taxi aggregator Uber has halted its bike taxis in Bengaluru. Gurgaon is now the only place where Uber is offering this service.

The company which has initiated ride-hailing bike taxis some time ago, found itself in soup, after the Karnataka government cracked down on bike taxis associated with the services citing them illegal.

Since the launch of service in March this year, the State transport department had seized closed to 100 two-wheelers operated by Uber. According to the department, the vehicles should have carried yellow number plates as they are being used for commercial purpose. However, the government lack any provisions to grant permission for the same.

Its competitor Ola had already withdrawn the OlaBike service in March, soon after the State transport department termed it illegal.

Last month, the transport department had seized cabs plying on Uber and Ola platforms on the premise that they were operating without licence. Both firms countered the allegation saying that they had applied for licences but were denied on technical grounds.

Karnataka, which has put a cap on fares of taxis in order to curb surge pricing, has demanded taxis be fitted with digital meters and boards on roofs of taxis that light up when the cab is free. Both Uber and Ola had voiced their opposition to several of the state government’s demands, but the state isn’t willing to relent.

Last year, due to lack of regulation and security concerns, the Mumbai RTO had ordered the shutting down of two-wheeler taxi service provider Hey Taxi within a week of its launch. Except Goa and Haryana, no other state in India allows commercial use of two-wheelers.

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