Out-of-state cabs will need permit to ply in Delhi, says minister | delhi news

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Cabs having number plates of other states will soon have to take a permit from the Delhi government to ply in the national capital, transport minister Kailash Gahlot informed the House on Thursday.

In reply to a question raised by BJP MLA Jagdish Pradhan, Gahlot said cabs plying under various mobile aggregator services are currently operating in Delhi merely through agreements, which is illegal as per the Motor Vehicles Act.

“The transport department has already prepared the Licensing and Regulation of App based Aggregators Rules, 2017. Cabs of other states entering Delhi will have to seek permits to ply in the capital. I think this provision will be included in the proposed rules,” Gahlot said.

He, however, said the policy is pending with the high-powered committee, which was tasked with giving it a final shape. “The committee is yet to submit its report,” the minister said, while acknowledging that there has been a delay in implementing the rules.

Transport vehicles registered in other states can enter Delhi if they have a national permit, an all India tourist permit or if they are covered under agreements between states, he said in his written reply. In June, drivers of 404 such taxis were fined by the enforcement teams of transport department and 104 vehicles impounded, Gahlot said.

Earlier in the day, the minister also answered a question posed by BJP MLA OP Sharma about whether chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had found “gross irregularities” during his visit to the Burari transport authority.

Gahlot said during Kejriwal’s inspection, some individuals had complained to him about touts at the authority. Another complaint he received was that auto and taxi owners were facing delays in getting works done from the centre, the minister said.

Last week, Gahlot and transport commissioner Varsha Joshi had a showdown after the latter’s draft reply to Sharma’s question on irregularities at the Burari centre did not go down well with the minister.

First Published: Aug 10, 2018 12:55 IST

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