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Uber affect: Maharashtra, MP govts get their act together

“Orders have been issued to the Transport Commissioner to stop all the web-based cab booking services. He will take the required action immediately. Now, it is only a matter of time before the order is implemented by the Commissioner,” Transport Secretary S K Sharma told a news agency here on Wednesday.

The move comes after the state government received Centre’s advice to ban all web-based taxi
services, he said.

“We have taken the decision to ban the web-based taxi services after due consideration,” Sharma added.

The alleged rape incident in the national capital had taken place on Friday night when the victim, who works for a finance company in Gurgaon, was heading back to her home in north Delhi’s Inderlok area. Shiv Kumar Yadav, who was driving the Uber cab, had sexually assaulted the woman.

Following outrage over the incident, the Delhi government had banned Uber and all web-based cab booking services which had not taken any regulatory approval from the transport authorities.

GPS in cabs, driver verification must in MP


In the aftermath of the alleged rape of a woman in a cab in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh government has made installation of GPS-based navigation system in taxis and drivers’ police verification mandatory.

“We have made it mandatory for taxi operators to install GPS-based navigation system in their vehicles to keep a track on their movement,” Madhya Pradesh Transport Minister Bhupendra Singh told a news agency.

He was replying to a query whether the state is considering making mandatory implementation of such a system in public transport facilities.

“Directives have been issued to Regional Transport Officers of all districts to ensure registration of taxi operators, that vehicles are fitted with GPS system and police verification of drivers,” Singh said.

Uber Mumbai exec attacked


The general manager of Uber taxis in Mumbai was allegedly slapped on Wednesday by a member of a local outfit here on a day when Maharashtra government decided to ban web-based taxi services in the state.

KK Tiwari, union leader (auto-taxi wing) of Swabhiman Sanghatana, allegedly slapped Shailesh Sawlani, general manager of Uber in the Maharashtra capital, when he was coming out of the office of the Transport Commissioner in suburban Bandra here.
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