App-based taxi service providers, including Ola and Uber, are once again in the dock as Delhi government has decided to allow plying of only CNG-run GPS-fitted licensed taxis in the city. In no mood to compromise over the city's already poor air quality and safety standards, the Arvind Kejriwal led AAP government has directed all taxi service providers to follow its directives.
"We verified the data provided by Uber, Ola Cabs and found that over 80 per cent of their taxis are diesel-run which contribute to polluting of Delhi's air extensively. We will not allow to run their such taxis in Delhi at any cost. Uber and Ola have to bring all their taxis on CNG. Government cannot compromise over pollution issue," Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said.
In view of safety of women, they have also been ordered to install GPS in their taxis and get them registered with the transport department.
"As per court's order, we are giving a chance to Uber and Ola to hear them, but if they do not follow government's directives, we will approach court against them and apprised the respected court about their their wrongdoings as to how they are flouting laid down rules," Rai also said.
The app-based taxi services have had a rickety ride in Delhi with several cases of attacks on female customers by its drivers. Nevertheless, the government's stringent directive should serve two causes — of ensuring women's safety and controlling air pollution.