After the Uber rape controversy broke out, the cab service was banned in Delhi. The government then gave them a leeway to go back into business provided they operate under the Radio Taxi Act of 2006. Now, Times of India is reporting that Uber is indeed considering this option. Also Read - This new Flipkart programme will allow you to test premium Samsung smartphones for freeAlso Read - Get alcohol home delivery online in Delhi using mobile apps, online web portal
Neeraj Singhal, head of expansion (India & the subcontinent) at Uber Technologies, told the publication, “We are currently evaluating options in Delhi where we have suspended operations. One of these is applying for a license under the amended radio taxi scheme. However, we hope to be given the opportunity to work with the authorities and government agencies to develop regulations that celebrate innovation and support job growth while ensuring the safety of local communities.” Also Read - Uber cab service resumed in 31 cities in India with new Lockdown 4.0 guidelines
Uber has been defending its stance that it is a technology company, and not a cab service. Therefore, it has been pushing to commence operations in Delhi under the Information Technology Act 2000, and not the Radio Taxi Act 2006. The Kolkata government recently gave them the green signal to operate under the IT Act, however, by the looks of it the Delhi government is not open to it.
Under the Radio Taxi Act, Uber is required to own at least 200 cabs in their name to conduct legal operations. However, once Uber has 50 cabs in its kitty, it will be allowed to begin operations. Other aggregators like TaxiForSure have also applied for radio taxi license to stay relevant in the city.
Currently, Uber runs on the marketplace model where it just provides its technology to connect drivers and riders. Within the Radio Taxi Act, Uber will have to tweak its business model. Since the unfortunate incident, Uber has rolled out safety measures, and tightened its driver scanning procedures.