Mumbai cab union calls share taxi services by Uber and Ola Share 'illegal'

Updated: Jul 23, 2016, 17:36 IST | Shashank Rao

Mumbai Taximen's Union has written to the transport department, calling share taxi services by Uber and Ola Share 'illegal'

After training their guns on bringing mobile app-based aggregators like Uber and Ola under regulation, the Mumbai Taximen’s Union is now going after their newly introduced cab pooling system. The union has written a letter to the transport department, stating that the companies do not have permission for the cab sharing system.

Mumbai cab union calls share taxi services by Uber and Ola Share 'illegal'
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At present both Uber and Ola have a system wherein people can share a cab and split the fare of the journey. They have complained that there is no rule in the Motor Vehicles Act that allows these mobile aggregators to ferry people on share basis.

“First of all, the mobile aggregators do not fall under the law. Their share cab system is totally illegal and hence, we have asked the Transport department to take action,” said AL Quadros, leader of Mumbai Taximen’s Union. “I have received a letter from Quadros and his union,” Shyam Vardhane, Transport Commissioner, confirmed.

At present, there are 70 routes across Mumbai that cater to share-cabs for black-and-yellow taxis, which has gone down from the 120 share-cab routes that were present two years ago.

The fares charged by these share taxis — that goes from fixed point A to point B — is around R15-20, depending on the locality. While the mobile aggregators ply on share basis throughout Mumbai.

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