New Delhi/ Gurgaon: New Delhi’s transport authority rejected the licence applications of US-based taxi company Uber, its local rival Ola and TaxiForSure, citing violation of ban orders imposed by the government last year.
Indian government had asked unregistered web-based taxi services to halt operations in December after a driver contracted with Uber was accused of rape. Both Uber and Ola applied for licences in New Delhi but kept operating while approvals were pending.
A spokesman for Ola, which is backed by Japan’s SoftBank Corp, declined to comment. Uber said the license rejection was ‘unfortunate’. It was still possible to book a taxi using mobile applications of Uber or Ola in New Delhi late on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, police seized the taxis of the three companies as they were banned from plying on Delhi roads.
Earlier this week, a driver contracted with Uber was arrested near New Delhi after a woman passenger accused him of sexual harassment when she hailed his cab. The driver was later released on bail.