Niti Aayog for private cars to pool as taxis

DELHI: The Niti Aayog is pushing to allow taxi aggregators to attach private vehicles in their operation so as to increase the availability of vehicles for passengers.

Taxi aggregator Uber had approached National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) in September to promote “ride share“ by private cars on the Delhi-Gurgaon stretch to the beat the rising number of private vehicles, reports The Economic Times.

Sources in the transport ministry said that tagging private cars by aggregators may not be feasible since any vehicle to be used for commercial purposes must be registered as one.However, another section in the government is of the view that there can be a mechanism to allow private vehicles to operate for commercial purposes.

“Such a proposition will prove to be a disaster. Commercial vehicle owners who have paid high charges, higher in surance premium and comply with regulatory norms must not feel ditched by government.If government still goes ahead, it must return the registration fee that has been collected from us,“ said the chief of a major Mumbai-based taxi operator.


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