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Transport dept rejects taxi license applications of Uber, Ola, TaxiForSure

The Delhi Transport department seems to have deferred
approval of licenses applied by Uber, Ola and TaxiForSure citing gaps in the
applications filled by the companies, reports 
Business
Standard
.

The Delhi Transport department seems to have deferred
approval of licenses applied by Uber, Ola and TaxiForSure citing gaps in the
applications filled by the companies, reports 
Business
Standard
.

According to the report, the applications of these
taxi-hailing app service providers are either incomplete or lack various
undertakings mentioned in the application. The Delhi Transport Authority has
sent “deficiency memos” to these firms on January 24th.

An undisclosed government official was quoted in Business
Standard as saying, “It will take at least 10 days for companies to fill in all
the gaps in the applications, which will then be reconsidered by the
department,” said a government official on the condition of anonymity.

Uber

Uber has recently changed its business model in Delhi NCR so
that they could be a Radio cab operator, for which they need a local office.  

According to the Business Standard report, Uber has formed a
subsidiary, Resource Expert India, which the company has, so far, not registered
stating its purpose is to provide public transport and might have to go back to
the Registrar of Companies to amend its objective.

Uber’s application also had other issues – they did not give
undertaking for parking, their telephone number, email address and even address
proof for the registered office is missing. They have also not specified the
details of their 24X7 call centre.

Uber clarified details of its current operating model in a blog post on Tuesday. The
company stated that since its re-launch in Delhi it has adopted Pooch-O’s
model, which has already beenb approved and endorsed by the transportation
department.

The details of Pooch-O’s model are as below:

  1. It acts as a marketplace between rider and
    driver, allowing riders easy access to the closest transport providers, and
    allowing drivers a way to more paying customers.
  2. It is an app that connects rider to only
    commercially licensed drivers
  3. It is a not-for-profit platform that takes no
    commissions or fees for its marketplace services.
  4. It requires that all drivers have a PSV Badge
    issued by the Delhi government

TaxiForSure
& Ola

TaxiForSure, which has submitted the application through its
subsidiary Serendipity Infolabs, reportedly had the most deficiencies, while
OlaCabs had just one gap. The application for Taxi For Sure has also been asked
to furnish details of taxis, their drivers and its arrangement with the owners
of the cars along with the induction schedule.

Aprameya R, Co-founder and Director at TaxiForSure, told
Business Standard, “We are working on the clarifications sought by them and we
are in the process to submit the same.”

“We are confident
that the government and the authorities will agree that our business model is
unique and will be open to include regulations that are best suited for the
new-age business model,” he added.

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