Complaining that taxi aggregator Ola did not renew his license which expired in June, RTO officials temporarily seized vehicles from hundreds of taxi drivers and fined them 5,000 rupees each.
Over the past week, officials from the Regional Transportation Bureau (RTO) have rounded up taxis traveling under the Ola platform and imposed penalties. Some even went to Ola’s office to ask him to explain why they are operating without a license.
Additional Transport (Law Enforcement) Commissioner L Narendra Holkar said the aggregator license of ANI Technologies Pvt Limited, which manages Ola, expired at the end of June.
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âComplaints were filed and penalties were imposed on taxis that operated after the license expired. We told the company not to operate in the state until the license is renewed, âhe said.
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For his part, Ola cited a June 17 communication from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways extending the validity of documents needed to drive vehicles under the Motor Vehicle Law and MV Rules until September 30. âOla also applied for a license earlier this month (July),â a company source said.
Holkar denied the company’s request, saying the validity extension was limited to motor vehicle documents such as permits and driver’s licenses.
“This does not apply to a company that operates in the state with a license under the rules of aggregation,” he added.
Tanveer Pasha, president of Ola, TaxiForSure and Uber Drivers and Owners Association, questioned the sanction imposed on taxi drivers for the company’s mistake.
âIf the Ministry of Transportation doesn’t want us to operate under Ola, officials should announce it,â Pasha said. “Instead, drivers are harassed in the name of a license they have no idea about.”