Hyderabad The Telangana Gig and Platform Workers Union (TGPWU) has called on the Telangana government to implement the Motor Vehicle Aggregators Guidelines 2020, issued by the Ministry of Road Transport and Union Highways to regulate the market cabin aggregators and master vehicle based aggregators application.
The guidelines define aggregators as a digital intermediary or marketplace, allowing passengers to connect with a taxi driver.
In addition to complying with the Information Technology Act of 2000, aggregators must apply for a license in the states where they seek to offer their services.
“A license issued by the state government will be a mandatory prerequisite to authorize the business operations of the aggregator. Valid for a period of five years, the licenses can be suspended in the event of “systemic failure” to ensure security of driver and driver and breach of contractual obligations,” Shaik Salauddin, Founder and President of Telangana Gig And Platform Workers Union (TGPWU), said.
The association has submitted a memorandum to Telangana transport department officials, calling for the guidelines to be implemented in the state.
“The base fare for a trip would be decided based on the tourist tax rate indexed in the WPI and surge pricing has been capped at 1.5 times the base fare. The guidelines also capped aggregators’ share at 20%, leaving the rest to drivers,” he said.
He said cancellation charges for the driver and passenger had also been capped at 10% of the total fare.
Citing the example of Karnataka, he said the state government held ride-sharing and sharing companies accountable for their actions and ensured they complied with the 2016 rules on ride-hailing technology aggregators at the request from Karnataka.
The Government of West Bengal issued the Gazette Notification for the implementation of the Aggregator Guidelines on March 31, 2022.
“We are calling on the government of Telangana to implement the guidelines to help regulate Ola and Uber’s operations in the state,” he said.
April 12, 2022