It's that time of the year when late night cabs see heavy business, as personal vehicle driving is not considered as the safest option. Also, transport is aways a problem on New Year's Eve, with less buses, no empty taxis and roads shut in certain areas. As the party goers gear up for tonight to call in the New Year, Uber is cashing in on the business opportunity and has announced a surge in pricing during peak hours tonight.
Uber, an app-based transportation network and taxi company may resume its services in New Delhi as the government is likely to amend changes to the Radio Taxi Scheme of 2006 to bring the web-based taxi aggregators under the same regulations, ET reports. The company was banned from operating in India s capital in the wake of the rape of a female passenger by a Uber-registered driver earlier this month.
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.
Calling it cumbersome and burdensome, Uber has announced that, as per RBI regulations, the company now complies with the two-factor authentication(2FA) mandate, However, the company says that its customers seemingly still love the old ways, and have asked RBI a 45 day extension to let them transition to the new payment method.
In what might be a temporary relief to Uber, the Reserve Bank of India has extended the deadline by which the company will have to comply with two-factor authentication rules in India. Earlier, RBI had called Uber's payment mechanism that did not require users to enter a PIN and a secondary password illegal and had asked the Silicon Valley company to comply with rules by October 31. Now the deadline has been extended to November 30.
After the service tax department weighed in on Uber, the company has passed on the pressure to its cab drivers or registered owners. As per a report in Economic Times, Uber has agreed to provide the authorities with information about its member drivers implying that these members working under Uber's support may have to register with the service tax department, pay tax and file returns every month.
In its biggest launch spree, Uber today rolled out services in four Indian cities - Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Jaipur and Kolkata - marking 10 cities in the country. With today's launch, India is now the biggest market outside of the United States in terms of cities where the service is available.
Uber is expanding its coverage in New Delhi and will soon be covering areas across the river into East Delhi. Since its launch in Delhi, Uber has been available in central and southern parts of the city as well as most of Gurgaon. The company says it has just started the service in East Delhi but is ensuring it has enough cars available before announcing it formally. However, you can try your luck and might just find a car in the vicinity. Last week it launched UberX, the budget version of the premium service in New Delhi.
Uber is planning to launch its premium cab service in Pune tomorrow, BGR India has exclusively learned. This will be the sixth Indian city where Uber will have its operations after Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai.
After launching its service in Bangalore, Delhi and more recently, Hyderabad, Uber seems to be looking at Mumbai as its fourth Indian city. Uber has been tight-lipped about its launch cities, with Allen Penn who heads the company's Asia operations refusing to reveal the name of cities he is looking at during a recent interaction that coincided with Uber's formal launch in Delhi.