Karnataka government today seized 12 more two-wheeler taxis of app-based cab aggregator Uber for reportedly violating the Motor Vehicles Act while operating services without obtaining permission. Government also increased the penalty on Uber from Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000 for repeated offence.
“We have seized 12 more two-wheeler taxis belonging to Uber for violating the Motor Vehicles Act. The company did not comply with the norms and was operating services without obtaining permission,” Karnataka Transport Commissioner Ramegowda told PTI.
He said the transport department has so far seized about 100 Uber two-wheeler taxis.
“We have also increased the penalty on app-based cab aggregator Uber from Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000 for repeatedly violating the norms,” he added.
Uber had launched pilot on-demand two-wheeler taxi services UberMoto on March 3. The minimum fare for its service is fixed at Rs 15 followed by Rs three per km and Re one per minute of travel time.
Ramegowda said that as per norms, the operators should apply for providing two-wheeler taxi services with the Road Transport Authority and obtain permission.
After receipt of applications, RTA scrutinises them before giving nod to launch two-wheeler taxi services,he said.
The commissioner said UberMoto was using white board for taxis whereas taxis should use yellow boards.
He noted that Ola (Ubers rival) had stopped its two-wheeler taxi services.
Ola had also launched its pilot on-demand two-wheeler taxi services Ola Bike, on March 3.