The State government has determined to reverse the Transport Department’s selection to drop the license of the app-based taxi aggregator, Ola, which had run foul with the government for illegally working as a motorbike-taxi carrier. When they learned that they could not perform for six months, many drivers on the platform approached Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy for a reprieve as their livelihoods were 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 was taken after taking their request to attend,” 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.