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Karnataka Govt to make decision on app based Autorickshaw services by 25th November

Last updated: November 22, 2022, 4:47 PM IST

Image used for representation.  (Photo: AFP)

Image used for representation. (Photo: AFP)

The government had alleged in court that app-based aggregators charged more than the rates set by authorities by levying a surcharge

The Karnataka High Court was informed by the state government on Monday that a decision on the online app-based autorickshaw reporting services will be made by November 25. The government said the petitions from the service providers have been considered and a decision is pending.

The transport department had recently ordered a halt to car hailing services as they were not covered by the Karnataka On-Demand Transportation Technology Aggregator Rules in 2016.

The permits issued were only for taxi services, the department had held. The service providers had approached the Supreme Court, allowing them to continue services until the government made a decision on the permits to be issued after talking to all stakeholders.

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The court CM Poonacha hears the case. The government also asked the court not to issue any orders regarding the increase in rates requested by the service providers until the decision was made by the authorities.

The rate will be determined on November 25, the court was told. The HC adjourned the hearing to November 28 after recording the submissions. ANI Technologies Private Limited and Uber India Systems Private Limited had challenged the transportation department’s decision to halt autorickshaw services in court.

On October 6, after a meeting, authorities issued an order stating that auto rickshaw and taxi services available under the online apps violated KODTTA rules and license. It was believed that the ‘taxi’ service was only for cars and not auto rickshaws.

The government had alleged in court that app-based aggregators were charging more than the rates set by the authorities through surcharges. They had not obtained a license to collect auto rickshaws and so their services have been discontinued.

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