The Niti Aayog is pushing for the permission to allow taxi aggregators to have private vehicles in their operations so that the availability of vehicles for passengers can be increased. Uber had approached National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) couple of months back to promote “ride share“ by private cars on the Delhi-Gurgaon highway to the beat rising the umber of private vehicles, a ‘The Economic times’ report has said.
The paper quoted transport ministry sources as saying that that tagging private cars by aggregators may not be possible as any vehicle to be used for commercial reasons must be registered as one. But another section in the government feels that there can be a way to permit vehicles to operate for commercial reasons.
According to a chief of a Mumbai-based taxi operator, such preposition will be a disaster and those commercial vehicle owners who have paid high charges, higher insurance premium and act in accordance with regulatory rules should not feel ditched by government. He added that if the government goes ahead, it should return the registration fee that was collected from taxi operators.
Traditional taxi operators are also against permitting taxi aggregators to attach vehicles that have All India Tourist Permit (AITP), even though the finalised draft for uniform taxi policy which the transport ministry had prepared has included this provision.