Finally, there is good news for Ola cabs users and company; two days after the Karnataka transport department ordered the cancellation of Ola cab licence in the state for continuously ignoring the state transport guidelines. Priyank Kharge the Social Welfare minister of Karnataka has tweeted that the cab aggregator will run its business as usual from Sunday. However he have given clear instruction to an urgent need for policies to catch-up with new technologies & also industries too should work closer with Govt to help evolve policies for innovations.
. @Olacabs will run their business as usual from today. However there is an urgent need for policies to catch-up with new technologies & also industries too should work closer with Govt to help evolve policies for innovations.
— Priyank Kharge (@PriyankKharge) March 24, 2019
Earlier, the licence of Ola Cab has been suspended for “operating bike taxis” without permission, which was already banned in the state since the last one year.
However, even after the RTO has released the order of license suspension for M/s Ani Technologies Pvt Ltd company which operates the Ola Cabs, the commuters were able to book the cab, all Ola services were fully operational as usual except the Ola Bike, we have mentioned same in our previous post.
“Prior to this, a notice must be sent to the company in question. Hence. on February 15, 2019, the Transport Department had sent Ola a notice, asking the company to respond to the findings of the probe. Ola sent its reply on March 3, 2019. As the company’s reply was not satisfactory and did not provide any evidence which proved it did not violate norms, the Transport Department, as on March 18, 2019, has decided to suspend the license of Ola for a period of six months. Ola will have to submit the original copy of the license within three days of receiving a copy of this order.” the transport department said in the notice issued in Kannada on March 18.
Bike taxis are illegal due to lack of policy framework in the state, that’s why Social Welfare Minister of Karnataka said in his tweet that the industries should work closer with Govt to help evolve policies for innovations. Hope, Ola and other such companies will soon resolve these policies barrier and resume the app based bike booking services in Bangalore/Bengaluru and other cities of Karnataka soon.