BENGALURU: The Transport Department has issued notices to app-based mobility services like Ola, Uber and Rapido following a series of complaints from the public about the aggregators charging a minimum of Rs 100 for auto rides and also for providing autorickshaw services without a proper licence.
Last year, the authorities fixed Rs 30 as minimum fare for the first 2 km and Rs 15 for every subsequent kilometre, while luggage and waiting charges were fixed at Rs 5. Of late, the aggregators seem to have been fixing their own charges.
According to the rules and regulations by the Transport Department, only taxi service is permitted under the licence. The service of autorickshaws is in violation of the rules. As a result, notice has been issued to the aggregators to stop providing autorickshaw services and submit a report about the same within three days. The Transport Department has warned of legal action against the aggregators.
Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya, in a letter to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, had appealed to regulate app-based auto fares in the city and to make it people-friendly.