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Delhi HC gets strict on surge pricing by Ola and Uber, issues notice to AAP govt

India TV News Desk 18 Apr 2016, 17:37:01 IST
India TV News Desk

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today issued a notice to the Arvind Kejriwal led AAP government regarding over-charging of fares by the app-based private taxis such as Ola and Uber.

The move comes after a petition was filed by radio cab company Magic Sewa Private Limited against the cab companies for charging fares more than the rates prescribed by the government.

The matter will be heard in the court on April 25.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also warned of "strict action" against app-based taxis, including cancellation of permits and impounding of vehicles.

Also read - Odd-even 2.0: Government warns Uber, Ola over arbitrary pricing

"Strict action, including permit cancellation and impounding of vehicles, will be taken against app-based taxis which charge fares more than government-prescribed rates (sic)," Kejriwal said in a tweet today.

The government has been receiving some complaints against the app-based taxi service providers Ola and Uber of hiking the fares exorbitantly during rush hours.

The rates were allegedly also hiked today, the first full working day of the fortnight-long odd-even scheme when offices, schools and other institutions reopened after an extended weekend.

Transport Minister Gopal Rai made an appeal to the commuters to register their complaints at 011-42400400 against exorbitant fares charged by the app-based taxi service providers.

"If we receive complaints against arbitrariness of any app-based taxi service, we will impound their vehicles," Rai said.

Earlier in the day, Kejriwal pooled in Rai's car to reach his office at Delhi Secretariat.

Heavy traffic was witnessed at ITO and near Akshardham in the morning hours on the first working day after the road-rationing scheme was rolled out on April 15.

"Today is the real test of odd-even. Like the first phase of the scheme, we all will have to make its second phase a success," Rai said.