Decision on app-based rickshaw services by November 25, Karnataka government tells HC | bangalore

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PTI | | Posted by Yamini CS

The Karnataka High Court was told by the state government on Monday that a decision on the online application-based rickshaw call services will be made by November 25. The government said the service providers’ requests had been reviewed and a decision was pending.

The transport department had recently ordered the automatic call services to be halted, as they were not covered by the rules of the Karnataka on-demand transport technology aggregator in 2016. The licenses issued only concerned taxi call services, depending on the department.

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The service providers had approached the High Court which allowed them to continue the services until the government takes a decision on the licenses to be issued after talking to all stakeholders. Judge CM Poonacha’s bench is hearing the case.

The government has also asked the court not to issue an order regarding the rate hike demanded by the service providers until the decision has been made by the authorities. The rate will be decided by Nov. 25, the court said. The HC adjourned the hearing to November 28 after registering the submissions.

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ANI Technologies Private Limited and Uber India Systems Private Limited had challenged in court the Department of Transport’s decision to halt the rickshaw services. On October 6, authorities, after a meeting, issued an order stating that the rickshaw and taxi services available in online apps violated KODTTA’s rules and license.

It was ruled that the “taxi” service was only for cars and not for autorickshaws. The government had claimed in court that app-based aggregators were charging more than the rates set by the authorities by levying a surcharge. They had not obtained a license to consolidate autorickshaws and so their services were stopped.

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