Uber, Ola get March as their deadline for Valid license
Bombay High Court has given a deadline till the mid of this month to the application based cab services– Ola and Uber. These apps are being operated without a valid license in Maharashtra.
The High Court on Monday stated that operating without valid licenses was an instance of “complete lawlessness”. These aggregators are given time till March 15 this year to continue their operation in the state.
The bench was led by Chief Justice Dipankar Datta who said, “We are conscious that restraining aggregators, who have not yet obtained licenses, will operate to prejudice and detriment of passengers who avail the services.”
However, despite the license not being valid, the High COurt refrained from prohibiting the cab services from running as it is well aware of the damage it could cause given people being hugely dependent on them. The directives passed by the HC was a result of a public interest litigation filed by advocate Savina Crasto.
The PIL emphasized on the lack or neglect towards the grievance redressal process for the commuters using the cab services especially the Uber application. The lawyer gave an instance from 2020 case where she had booked a ride on the Uber application but she was dropped mid-way “at a shady dark place”.
She further said that there was no provision for her to lodge a complaint against the driver or ask him to drop her further to that place, which was a risky area. The previous hearing for the same saw the HC noting that the Maharashtra government was yet to approve specific guidelines to issue licenses for such aggregators.