The State Government of Karnataka has banned the auto services of Ola, Rapido, and Uber in Bengaluru. The government has termed their services as “illegal.” The services are to be discontinued in three days.
There were several complaints which were registered by commuters against the services of the popular app-based bike and cab aggregators. This comes after these companies charged the passengers a price much higher than it should be.
According to reports, the app-based companies charged the commuters a minimum of hundred rupees as their base fare. However, according to the norms of the government, the local auto drivers are only allowed to charge passengers a minimum of thirty rupees as the base price for the first two kilometers.
“The aggregators are providing autorickshaw services in violation of the above regulations. Also, it has come to the notice of the department that customers are being charged higher rates than the rates fixed by the government,” stated the notice issued by the Competition Commission of India.
The additional commissioner for transport, L. Hemant Kumar, stated, “They are not supposed to run auto rickshaws with a cab-aggregator licence.”