Centre has asked states and union territories not to allow web based taxi services such as Uber. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday assured the Rajya Sabha that the Government will take all effective steps to ensure safety of women and children. He was replying to clarifications sought by members on his suo motu statement on Uber Cab rape incident in Delhi on Friday last.
Stating that the Government is firm on regulating taxi services, Mr Singh advised states to prohibit all such taxi services till they get registered with the state authorities. Meanwhile Uber is facing litigations and ban in many countries. While its international expansion is focused particularly on Asia, Uber has stumbled in a number of European countries, tripped up by court rulings or regulations.
Earlier this week, a court in the Netherlands, where Uber’s European headquarters are based, has banned one of its car-hailing services. This week, a Spanish judge ordered a temporary halt to Uber’s operations in the country following several protests by licensed taxi drivers against the ride-sharing service. The company has also faced court challenges in Germany, France and Belgium. Uber has also felt pressure in the US. It suspended operations in Nevada after a judge issued an injunction against the start-up amid accusations that it competes unfairly with taxis because it doesn’t follow the same rules regarding drivers, insurance and more.
Also, on Monday, the city of Portland, Oregon, issued a cease-and-desist order and filed a lawsuit against Uber, accusing the ride-sharing service of operating without the proper permits. In Thailand, the transport department, said that Uber’s operations that use private cars rather than licensed taxis are illegal. Thailand has barred all app-based taxi service operators who use personal vehicles to serve passengers from operating in the country.
Meanwhile, Vietnamese authorities have said that Uber is illegal because it is not authorised to operate as a taxi service, though the country’s transport minister said last week that the government will study ways to legalise it.