When Mona Ambegaonkar, called for an Uber cab in Ahmedabad, a car belonging to the government of Gujarat came to pick her up turned up. On asking the driver about how he manages to run a vehicle that belongs to the government instead of an explanation he made the following response.
The @Uber cab & driver who says janaa hai key nahi when asked how he runs Govt vehicle as cab. Taken rickshaw now! pic.twitter.com/C2E92jsNIf— Mona Ambegaonkar (@MonaAmbegaonkar) November 28, 2015
Government vehicles are bought with the taxpayers’ money and are supposed to be used for official purposes only, not to ferry citizens and earn some extra money on the sly.
Uber did respond to Mona’s tweet:
Hey @MonaAmbegaonkar , sorry you had to take a rick! This isn’t the way @uber @Uber_AHM works. We’re looking into this immediately.— Uber Ahmedabad (@Uber_AHM) November 28, 2015
@Uber_AHM @Uber The issue is not that I had to take a rickshaw. How can Govt vehicle bought by Tax-payer money be working for private taxi?— Mona Ambegaonkar (@MonaAmbegaonkar) November 28, 2015
@MonaAmbegaonkar @Uber I understand your concern, and share the same. We are reviewing how this car got into our system.— Uber Ahmedabad (@Uber_AHM) November 28, 2015
Apparently, this was not the first time. According to another tweet which came to Mona this happens in Bangalore a lot. Many questions arose on Twitter regarding the services given by Uber.
@MonaAmbegaonkar But I have seen a lot like those here in Bangalore. Be it GoK or GoI,— Rajeevalochana (@hnrlin) November 28, 2015
#MakeA (Fool)InIndia https://t.co/oECNowqjAp— Zzz (@stuporific) November 28, 2015
Doesn’t @Uber verify/inspect cars before registering drivers? https://t.co/jBqxCJ22Ik— Ankur Singh (@chunkyhead) November 28, 2015
Government of Gujarat run Uber Cabs? https://t.co/LRA3noSn7C— Sushubh (@Sushubh) November 28, 2015
@Uber_AHM @MonaAmbegaonkar @Uber wonder if you really have any system in place. . Shocking— ShakyD (@shaky911) November 28, 2015
@MonaAmbegaonkar Issue wd be simpler – pvt taxi guy writes “govt” on car to skip tolls. Impossible to get a yellow board on a govt vehicle!— Subfusced (@subfusced) November 28, 2015
ScoopWhoop tried to contact the Regional Transport Office of Ahmedabad for further comments on the matter. However, they haven’t returned the call.