Karnataka state government has announced to discontinue the app-based auto services in the state within the next three days. The auto services by apps including Ola, Uber and Rapido have been declared “illegal” reported Economic Times (ET). Also Read - Ola S1 Air launched with 100 km range in Eco mode, 90 km/h top speed, and Move OS 3
As per the notice by the department, “Auto services should be discontinued and also not to charge passengers more than the fare prescribed by the government.” Many commuters had reported incidents where they were overcharged by autos for small distances. Also Read - Uber tips and tricks: How to travel safe during Diwali
Karnataka govt to ban Ola, Uber, Rapido auto services: Here’s why
The government has given three days to the companies to comply with the rates set by the government and submit their reply and compliance report. As per the Karnataka government, the companies can only charge a fixed rate of Rs 30 for the first 2km and Rs 15 thereafter. However, reportedly, these companies were charging a minimum of Rs 100 for even less than 2km. Also Read - Ola Diwali event: Ola Electric may launch a budget EV on October 22
Hence, the government has decided to pronounce the app-based auto services as “illegal” in Bangalore and other parts of the state. As per the state police authorities, Ola, Uber and Rapido are not eligible to run their own auto-rickshaws but only taxis.
As per a statement by transport commissioner T H M Kumar shared with Times Now,”The aggregators are providing auto-rickshaw services in violation of government 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.”
With this news, a mixed reaction can be seen in the daily commuters in the state of Karnataka. Here are a few tweets depicting the reactions of people to this news.
Koramangala to SG Palaya, just a km, at night they ask 300 to 500
Ola,Uber or Rapido it’s just 100, which sounds illegal now?🙄
Bangalore is going backwards, they should atleast setup a committee and address public opinions, just complying with the union’a demands won’t do🤷 https://t.co/dtkZF6tpXX
— LowKey (@RioContradicts) October 7, 2022
#Ola, #Uber, #Rapido declared #illegal in Bangalore.
The charge a min of ₹100 even for <2kms
Attached is the invoice for my ride, it has happened to me a number of times
Any particular reason @Olacabs @Uber_India @rapidobikeapp ? pic.twitter.com/MfpxkqgCtQ
— Preritt Ameta (@PreritOPAmeta) October 7, 2022
High time government steps in and stops the loot in the name of convenience. @tdkarnataka , peak hours surge is just a reason, check any point of day, the price is more than twice than the government approved rates.
The reason of “compensating our drivers fairly” is a blatant lie
— Ranjith Rai (@infinityranjith) October 7, 2022
In a statement to BGR.in, Rapido said that the allegations made against the company about overcharging are false and its auto services are not illegal in Bengaluru. “The allegations being made regarding extra money charged by Rapido on auto taxi fares are completely false. All our fares are determined in accordance with the fares decided upon by the state government, and Rapido is not charging any extra money over those fares.
Rapido will continue operating in Bengaluru under the ambit of the law. Any false allegations levied on our auto taxi services in Bengaluru are not only irrational but also inhumane, as they jeopardize the convenient daily commute of thousands of citizens, and risk the livelihoods of our captains, who rely on us for their daily income”, the statement read.
Rapido also assured that it will be responding to the government within the stipulated time.
(Update: The article was updated with a statement by Rapido)