The State government has determined to reverse the Transport Department’s selection to droop the license of the app-based totally taxi aggregator, Ola, which had run foul with the government for illegally working motorbike-taxi carrier. When they learned that they could now not be capable of performing for 6 months, many drivers on the platform approached Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy for a reprieve as their livelihood changed into at stake.
Transport Minister D.C. Thammanna on Sunday instructed The Hindu that Mr. Kumaraswamy directed the department to revoke the six-month suspension order that changed into the issued closing week. “Thousands of drivers have attached their vehicles with Ola. If the suspension order is imposed, the drivers will go through. The decision became taken after taking their request into attention,” stated Mr. Thammanna.
The order might be revoked on Monday. Ola, however, will still be penalized for illegally running motorbike taxis, for which the aggregator became dealing with motion. It is stated that the branch would probably impose a penalty of ₹10 lakh on the aggregator.
It isn’t always just drivers at the platform who’ve welcomed the decision, but additionally commuters. Many have been concerned that in the absence of Ola, their travel could be more luxurious. “It would have been a big inconvenience for us if the department went in advance with the order to drop the license, even if it was temporary,” stated a commuter.
As according to the order issued on March 18, Ola changed into asked to stop its operation with immediate impact after receiving the replica of the order and publish the license to the authorities involved within 3 days. On Saturday, the branch set the time until Monday to comply with the regulations and come out with a response.
Chief Secretary T.M. Vijay Bhaskar said, “The Transport Commissioner will maintain a meeting with Ola on Monday.”
Social Welfare Minister broadcasts decision on Twitter
The decision to revoke the order suspending Ola’s license for 6 months become first “introduced” now not by the Transport Department, however by way of Social Welfare Minister Priyank Kharge on Twitter. Mr. Kharge on Sunday tweeted: “Ola cabs could run their enterprise as normal from these days (Sunday). However, there’s a pressing need for rules to seize up with new technologies and additionally, industries too must work closely with the Government to help evolve rules.”
When contacted, Mr. Kharge told The Hindu that the problem had been taken care of out. “Ola has been allowed to run their business. The choice to droop their license became taken by way of decrease-rung officials rather than bringing it to the awareness of the Transport Minister or the government. On Saturday, on the Chief Secretary stage, a decision become taken to revoke the suspension order.”
The Minister’s tweet evoked a reaction from diverse quarters, including the Opposition BJP. BJP MLA and previous Minister Suresh Kumar took to Twitter to criticize the government for its short turnaround. “How did the State government revoke the order suspending Ola’s license within days?” he tweeted.
Tanveer Pasha, who heads the Taxi Owners’ Association, and had, alongside other unions, petitioned the Transport Department seeking action in opposition to Ola for operating motorbike taxis, said drivers of numerous unions would oppose the selection. “Action needs to be initiated in opposition to Ola for violating rules, in any other case it suggests that there is no fee for the regulation. We will lodge to protest if the branch fails to provoke action.”