Karnataka to decide on rickshaw ride applications commission soon: report

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What are the news? The Karnataka government will finalize the convenience it wants taxi aggregators to charge users for rickshaw rides “within a day or two”, senior government officials have told Economic Times. The state Department of Transport is due to file an affidavit about it in the High Court on Friday, ET said. Background: The Karnataka government had banned taxi aggregators from operating in the state citing “exorbitant” online rickshaw fares. The state had even warned taxi aggregators of a monetary penalty if they continued to offer auto services. However, this ban was short-lived. In response to government actions, taxi aggregators moved the Karnataka High Court, which passed an interim order allowing taxi aggregators to offer car services and said taxi aggregators could only charge 10% on fixed rates set by the government (plus tax) . The court order also said the state government could offer its “rate fixing” for taxi aggregators offering rickshaw services. “..the State is open to rate setting pursuant to Section 67 of the MVAct, particularly with respect to auto-rickshaws operating on the platform provided by aggregators within ten to twelve days.” – Order of the High Court of Karnataka What happens next? Then the parties will meet again in the High Court on November 28, 2022 to move this case forward. In a meeting with senior transport authorities last month, taxi aggregators demanded a 20% convenience fee, according to ET. However, the government is more inclined towards a convenience fee…

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