Government considers pan-india ban of Uber, Ola, and TaxiForSure Apps

The government is considering a nationwide ban on taxi hailing apps such as Ola, Uber and TFS with the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) seeking views from the Transport Ministry for the same.

The Delhi government had requested DEITY to block such apps, but the Department found it technically impossible to do so for one particular state, and therefore, it sought “concurrence” of the transport ministry for pan-India execution, a senior IT ministry official told PTI.

The Delhi government last month had requested the Centre to block apps of taxi operators Uber, Ola Cabs and TaxiForSure alleging that these companies were not complying with a ban order imposed by it.

All app-based cab services were banned in the national capital after a driver of Uber, the US-based online taxi- hailing company, was accused of raping a female passenger.

Impact of the ban.

In the immediate aftermath of the rape incident, the taxi ban led to near 1.5 million people being affecting with the ban being affected only in select cities, if a nationwide ban is implemented the number is expected to go up drastically.

In the metros alone as per a conservative estimate more than 10000+ taxis will be off the roads

Consumers once again have to rely on rude costly and unreliable autos.

The Indian taxi industry is estimated to have about 6 lakh vehicles and grosses about Rs 50,000 crore a year.

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