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      Delhi Transport Department Order to Ban App-Based Taxis ‘In Accordance With SC Order’ : Gopal Rai

      Gopal Rai, Delhi Environment Minister said the city government’s transport department has direct to ban app-based taxis “in accordance with the Supreme Court’s orders”. Officials point out that only a detail order will make it clear if the ban will come into effect from this week or during the implementation of the odd-even car rationing scheme.

      Transport department officials said the plan is to implement the ban only during the odd-even period.

      Industry known said they have not receive any official communication from the transport department but claim that banning the movement of these cabs will adversely affect commuters and also lead to an increase load on other modes of public transport.

      The transport department will issue a detail order on the matter and it will clear things, as per officials said.

      As the Supreme Court ask the Delhi government to consider allowing only locally register taxis to ply on the city’s roads.

      It said a large number of taxis register in other states were on the roads, carrying only one passenger.

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      As per Supreme Court :

      "We may also note that there is a large number of app-based taxis in Delhi which have registrations in different states. If we look at the roads, each one is carrying only one passenger. We would like to know whether there is any way of monitoring, especially during this period of time, that only the taxis registered in Delhi are permitted to ply as an additional measure to control the pollution,".

      Gopal Rai said during a press conference :

      “The court has said that taxis registered outside Delhi should be banned from entering Delhi. Directions have been issued to the transport department to ban app-based taxis from outside Delhi from entering the city.”

      While Gopal Rai also mention that the Supreme Court had also said diesel cars with orange stickers should be ban.

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      Gopal Rai said :

      “We have asked the transport department to examine how many such vehicles are there. Under the GRAP guidelines, BS-III and BS-IV diesel vehicles are already ban and the transport department has ask to examine how many BS-VI diesel vehicles are there and if they are ban and (if) odd-even is implemented what will be its impact,”.

      “The transport department has been asked to prepare a comprehensive report and we will submit it in the Supreme Court on Friday,”.

      The Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) is a set of anti-air pollution measures follow in the Delhi-NCR region in the winter season, classifies actions under four different categories :

      • Stage I – ‘Poor‘ (AQI 201-300),
      • Stage II – ‘Very Poor‘ (AQI 301-400),
      • Stage III – ‘Severe‘ (AQI 401-450),
      • Stage IV – ‘Severe Plus‘ (AQI > 450).

      Government official said the transport department will issue a detail order, laying down the guidelines.

      That order will make it clear whether the ban will kick in from this week or become effective during the implementation of the odd-even formula.

      Delhi government said the odd-even car rationing scheme will be implement in the national capital after the Supreme Court reviews its effectiveness and issues an order.

      Transport Department official Said :

      “The ban will be there on app-based taxis registered outside Delhi only during the period of implementation of the odd-even car rationing scheme,”.

      As a third official said the transport department may implement a partial ban on app-based taxis register outside Delhi during implementation of the odd-even scheme, allowing odd-number cabs to ply on odd days and those with even registration numbers to ply on even days.

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      A final call on this will be taken following the Supreme Court’s directions on the odd-even scheme’s implementation.

      As per Industry sources, there is no official order from the transport department at the moment and all app-based cabs run on CNG and help reduce private vehicle congestion.

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