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Delhi transport dept consults Centre to block Uber’s IP address in India

The Delhi transport department is consulting the Central government to block Uber’s IP address in India if the taxi hailing app does not get a proper radio license in the city soon.

According to an Economic Times reports, if Uber’s IP address is banned, it will mean that the app and website will not be accessible in India.

The Economic Times report also quotes a senior official in the Delhi transport department as saying, “We are waiting to see if they comply and apply for a licence before issuing a written request (to block the IP address).”

It adds that the Delhi government will likely submit an application today in the High Court on what methods should be “adopted to block the IP address.”

In December 2014, Following the alleged rape of a woman in the capital by a Uber driver, local authorities have banned taxi-hailing app service Uber from providing its services in NCT of Delhi till they get proper licenses from the Transport department. Following which the company had submitted an application to become a radio-taxi company. However, the Delhi Transport department had deferred approval of licenses applied by Uber, Ola and TaxiForSure citing gaps in the applications filled by the companies.

In mid-January 2015, Uber announced that it will resume operations in New Delhi, India. The company said that it is commitment to make riding with Uber the safest and most dependable way to get around. As part of that commitment, Uber has also been improving its safety technologies and processes. The company has recently changed its business model in Delhi NCR so that it could be a Radio cab operator, for which they need a local office. 

In February 2015, online taxi-hailing app service Uber had been given a week to fix omissions in an application to legally continue its operation in the capital before the Delhi transport department makes a final decision whether or not to grant it a permit.

The transport authority had sent a notice to Uber India dated Feb. 18 2015, in which the transport department said that the company had not responded to two previous requests to submit missing information in its radio-cab license application and had seven days to fill in the blanks.“Failing which it will be presumed that the company has nothing to say in this regard and an ex-parte decision / action would be taken in the matter,” the notice said.

Uber is also fighting bans in France, Spain and South Korea for alleged violations including using unlicensed drivers. It has also faced rape allegations against drivers in Chicago and Boston.

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