rapido: Rapido flays Maharashtra ban on bike aggregators, may challenge it

Bengaluru-based bike aggregator Rapido has slammed the Maharashtra authorities’s choice to ban such non-public aggregators and ride-pooling automobiles from plying, and mentioned it’ll study authorized treatments, right here on Saturday.

Referring to the state authorities’s notification of Thursday (January 19), a Rapido spokesperson mentioned that this might adversely influence livelihoods and alternatives of over 200,000 bike captains.

Apart from, the corporate claimed the ‘arbitrary choice’ will deprive hundreds of thousands of residents from availing a dependable and environment friendly mode of native transport, and throw them on the mercy of poor transport amenities and lack of city infrastructure which does not present a low-cost last-mile connectivity.

Rapido mentioned it’s planning a authorized problem for the rejection of its licence ostensibly as the federal government lacks the desire to formulate a coverage on this regard.

The state authorities’s transfer got here barely per week after the Bombay Excessive Court docket (January 13) had rapped the ‘illegally run’ Rapido and ordered it to disable its app inside one hour and droop all its companies within the state until January 20.

A division bench of Justice Gautam S. Patel and Justice Shivkumar G. Dige had warned that if the corporate didn’t droop companies instantly, it could completely bar it from getting a license and impose a heavy nice.

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The courtroom’s order got here in a petition filed by Rappen Transportation Providers Pvt Ltd — which operates Rapido bike taxis in Mumbai and Pune — difficult the state authorities communication of December 29, 2022, refusing to difficulty it a bike taxi aggregator licence.Advocate Normal Dr. Birendra Saraf had knowledgeable the courtroom that the state authorities has appointed a committee to look at the problem, and formulate pointers on numerous features, together with security, earlier than licensing.

Nevertheless, he mentioned that Rapido was working illegally with no licence and mentioned first it ought to discontinue the illegality earlier than coming to the courtroom.

The state authorities had additionally produced an inventory of all such aggregators together with two-wheeler and three-wheeler companies for passengers and items.

Offering statistics, the 7-year-old Rapido mentioned that there are over 200,000 bike captains and 120,000 auto-rickshaw captains in Maharashtra who cater to round 22,00,000 clients every day by means of almost 87,000 rides, presently working in Mumbai and Pune.

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