10 August, 2015

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Fate of Delhi’s 8,000+ Diesel Cabs is UNCERTAIN (Delhi HC’s Order Reserved)

Delhi High Court, which last week reinforced the Delhi government’s ban on cab aggregators. It also issued directions for implementation of an earlier Apex Court order that held that diesel commercial vehicles simply cannot ply on Delhi roads.

The fate of nearly 8,000 diesel cabs in the capital is uncertain. On July 29, the Delhi HC upheld the ban on cab aggregator Ola and directed the transport department of Delhi to impose its ban issued on January 1, 2015.

This has left taxi aggregators like Ola, Uber and Taxi4sure open to police action. What has further complicated matters is that the Supreme Court has directed diesel commercial vehicles to stay off Delhi roads.

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday (4th August,2015) reserved its order on app-based cab service Ola’s plea against a single judge’s order asking Delhi government to “strictly enforce” the ban imposed by it on January 1.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath reserved their order after counsel for Ola cabs and the Delhi government concluded arguments, following Ola challenging the single judge bench’s July 29 order directing the Delhi government and traffic police to enforce the ban order issued on January 1 on radio cab services not registered under the radio taxi scheme and running on diesel.

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