15th October, 2018

Delhi may stop riding on shared cabs next year

The small bucks that you often save while taking a trip on a shared cab may soon end.

The attempt to legalise the pool-cab rides has been junked by Delhi government’s transport department. A new policy is under consideration to make the pool-cabs illegal. The policy has not been finalised yet.

Sharing cabs is illegal

The sharing and pooling of cabs is anyway not allowed under the Motor Vehicles Act 1998, but the system continues to operate widely. Since there are no specific rules by the Delhi government till now, the shared-service are often a preferred choice.

City Taxi Scheme

The pool cabs would have become illegal if Delhi would have implemented its ‘City Taxi Scheme 2017’ in July 2017. It was aimed to regulate the cab-aggregrators. The scheme was shelved later.

Policy for app-based cab-providers

Later, the Delhi government framed a separate policy to regulate taxi-services that are booked through apps. Titled ‘Licensing and Regulation of app-based cab aggregrator Rules’, the state government made changes to it in October.

The government is considering prohibiting sharing of pool-rides and may even implement it by next year. This policy had a clause to make the pool-rides legal.

Vehicles in India ply on ‘Contract Carriage Permit’ that prohibits picking or dropping of passengers during the journey.

About fares

The new policy would make the surge pricing illegal too. The dual pricing in peak hours will not be allowed. A maximum fare would be fixed and charging beyond that would be illegal too.  

This policy would also spell a crackdown on small cab-aggregrators as it would allow only those to operate who have a minimum of 100 vehicles in service.

Other laws considered under new policy

  • If a passenger reports misconduct during the journey, the cab-aggregrator will have to file a complaint to police. A fine of up to Rs 1 lakh can be levied for avoiding the filing of complaint.
  • A panic button would be necessary in each vehicle.
  • A 24*7 control room to monitor cabs