Uber Returns To New Delhi Six Weeks After Ban

Uber Returns To New Delhi Six Weeks After Ban

Uber introduced as we speak that it’ll resume operations in New Delhi, India. It was banned by authorities six weeks in the past after a feminine passenger accused an Uber driver of rape.

In a weblog submit, the corporate stated that it had utilized yesterday for a license underneath Delhiā€™s Radio Taxi Scheme (pdf hyperlink), which requires Uber to function its personal fleet of 500 cabs inside a yr of launching.

Automotive-calling apps like Uber and Indian rivals Ola and TaxiForSure have opposed the scheme as a result of it requires them to personal taxis as an alternative of simply working as a market for drivers and passengers, and subsequently prices extra money.

The Radio Taxi Scheme, nevertheless, consists of a number of pre-requisites for taxi drivers, together with a felony verify, that would assist guarantee the security of riders.

Uber added that it’s cooperating with Delhi authorities who launched new laws for automotive-calling providers and can solely work with drivers who’ve had their police clearance re-verified inside the final six weeks.

The corporate stated it’s going to additionally do its personal background checks on drivers and add security options like an in-app emergency button and ShareMyETA (estimated time or arrival) function. That is particularly necessary as a result of Uber had been criticized in India for relying solely on police checks, which many individuals view as unreliable.

Uber, which has raised greater than $four billion since 2010, additionally runs in eleven different Indian cities, together with Mumbai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad, the place it continued to function even after pausing its Delhi operations.