Uber Returns To New Delhi Six Weeks After Ban
In a weblog submit, the corporate stated that it had utilized yesterday for a license underneath Delhi’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.