Uber is back with its chopper rides to celebrate the occasion of Valentine's Day. On this coming weekend, the company is offering its users in Delhi a chance to book a helicopter ride.
After the Uber Delhi Rape case, the Delhi government had imposed a ban on Uber and other cab aggregating services operating in the city, deeming them illegal. However, last week the Transport Department of the Delhi government revised its Radio Taxi Scheme of 2006 to include cab aggregating services like Uber. In order to ply in the Capital, these services will have to adhere to the new laws before they can resume their services. However, it seems as if the new rules apply only for Uber while its rivals continue to operate as if nothing has changed.
Delhi government on Monday lifted its ban on Uber, and allowed web-based cab aggregator services like it to ply in the Capital if they abide by new rules. The new guidelines are a part of the revised Radio Taxi Scheme 2006 issued by the Department of transport of the Delhi government. However, in doing so, the state government wants Uber and its ilk to shed their business model and become Radio Taxis themselves, which defeats the whole purpose of innovation.
Taxi app Uber can now resume its services in Delhi as the Transport Department of Delhi on Monday modified the Radio taxi Scheme 2006 to include app-based taxi aggregators in the ambit of Radio Taxis. First reported by Economic Times, the government, however, has demanded several additional security-oriented measures before letting these taxis operate.
Hundreds of cab drivers employed with the Internet-based taxi firm Uber today staged a protest at Jantar Mantar demanding revocation of the ban imposed on the company's operations in the national capital. According to the protesters, their livelihood is getting affected because of the ban imposed on the company following alleged rape of a 27-year-old woman by one of its drivers.
Earlier today reports of Uber ceasing its operations in Delhi surfaced online, in the wake of Indian government s ban on app-based cab services. Now Uber has issued a statement confirming that it has indeed suspended operations, as well as detailed the steps it will take to enhance its passengers safety.
US-based cab booking firm Uber have a total of 4,000 drivers on its roll but it did not have any idea whether they have police verification or posses mandatory Public Service Vehicle (PSV) badge.
Police today registered a separate FIR of forgery against Uber driver Shiv Kumar Yadav, accused of allegedly raping a 27-year-old financial executive in a cab on Friday night. The case was registered against Yadav at north Delhi's Burari police station here this morning for submitting forged documents with the Burari Transport Authority to get an All India Tourist Permit.
New details are emerging from the Uber rape case, which raises questions about how Uber handled customer complaints against drivers on its network in India. A woman who was driven by the alleged rapist driver Shiv Kumar Yadav, claims that she had reported the driver on November 26 after the ride.
The Delhi rape case has put Uber and other similar app-based cab services in India under the scanner. After the Delhi government banned such cab services from plying in the national capital, the Indian government too instructed all state and union territories to ban them.
Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari today disagreed with the decision to ban Uber cab services in Delhi in the wake of the alleged rape of a 27-year-old woman in a taxi plying under it, saying such a move could not be a solution.
Officials of Uber will be questioned by police for the second consecutive day today in connection with the alleged rape of a 27-year-old finance company executive by its driver. Uber's General Manager (Marketing) Gagan Bhatia, who claims to be the in-charge of the company's India operations, has not been able to provide much information to the police regarding the company's operations and its policies during questioning yesterday.
In a shocking incident, an Uber passenger was allegedly raped in Delhi yesterday night. The passenger, a 27-year-old finance executive had hailed the cab from Vasant Kunj around 9:30PM, NDTV reports. The passenger claims she fell asleep and woke up to find the cab parked in a secluded area and the doors were locked.
Details of gross negligence at Uber's India operations are being unravelled after the alleged rapist Uber driver was apprehended from Mathura yesterday. The arrested driver was earlier jailed in 2011 in a rape case and was lodged in Tihar jail for seven months, NDTV reports. It isn't clear how he ended up driving for Uber, which claims to vet its drivers before getting them onboard its service that connects cabs with customers.
Uber s CEO Travis Kalanick has finally responded to the horrific incident that took place in Delhi over the weekend. Kalanick has essentially blamed the Indian government for the lack of background checks in its commercial transportation licensing programs, and has also promised that they are working with the authorities to bring the perpetrator to justice.
As was reported earlier this morning, the Delhi government has banned Uber. In the wake of the rape case, the government has said that the cab service is misleading its customers, and from now on any Uber cab found on the roads will incur fines and could also be impounded, Economic Times reports.
A 'character certificate' purportedly issued in the name of an Additional DCP of the Delhi Police in August this year to the driver accused in the Uber rape case has given a new twist to the case today even as Delhi Police Commissioner termed it as fake and ordered an inquiry into it.
US-based cab company Uber was today booked for cheating by the Delhi Police in connection with the alleged rape of a 27-year-old finance company executive in its cab by the driver on Friday night here.
Delhi police has reportedly filed an FIR against cab service Uber for an alleged case of cheating, PTI reports quoting sources. It isn't clear what the FIR is about at the moment, but earlier in the day a report suggested the police was looking at filing an FIR against the company under CrPc section 188 and other charges as criminal negligence and abetment to the crime.
It has not even been 24 hours since I first reported Uber's initial response to the incident in Delhi where an Uber driver allegedly raped a passenger, which amounted to nothing more than "we have suspended the driver's account" and how it is still a safe and reliable service. And the more I hear from the company, the more it disgusts me.