Surge pricing: Arvind Kejriwal warns of 'strict action' against app-based taxis

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal warned of 'strict action' after getting surge pricing complaints against the app-based cab aggregators

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal yesterday warned of "strict action" against app-based taxis, including cancellation of permits and impounding of vehicles, for charging fares more than the rates prescribed by the government.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal carpools with health minister, Satyender Jain
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal carpools with health minister, Satyender Jain

"Strict action, including permit cancellation and impounding of vehicles, will be taken against app-based taxis which charge fares more than government-prescribed rates (sic)," Kejriwal said in a tweet yesterday. The move comes after the government received some complaints against the app-based taxi service providers Ola and Uber of hiking the fares exorbitantly during rush hours.


The move comes after the government received some complaints against the app-based taxi service providers Ola and Uber of hiking the fares exorbitantly during rush hours in Delhi. Pics/PTI

The rates were allegedly also hiked yesterday, the first full working day of the fortnight-long odd-even scheme.

Transport Minister Gopal Rai asked commuters to register their complaints at 011-42400400 against exorbitant fares charged by the app-based taxi service providers. "If we receive complaints against arbitrariness of any app-based taxi service, we will impound their vehicles," Rai said.

Uber suspends surge pricing

Online cab service provider Uber on Monday suspended its surge pricing after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal threatened "strict action" against over-charging cabs. "Given the threat to the livelihood of our partners, at the expense of reliability, we are temporarily suspending surge with immediate effect," Uber tweeted. Uber did not specify if the surge pricing would resume after the second phase of the odd-even traffic scheme ends on April 30.

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