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Relief To Ola: 6 Month Ban Lifted On Services In Karnataka

Kharge’s response came after several people took to Twitter questioning the ban and raised concerns regarding the livelihoods of the drivers who use the platform.

Karnataka, India, March 27, 2019 — 

Barely two days after the Karnataka Transport department suspended the licence of online cab aggregator Ola for six months in Bengaluru, it has been allowed to run its businesses as usual from today.

Earlier, Ola Cabs license was suspended for six months by Karnataka’s transport department with immediate effect. The department said that the move came after Ola-operated bike taxis violating rules and did not respond to the department’s notices.

Read More: Karnataka Government Imposes 6 Month Ban On Ola Cabs

Priyank Kharge Tweeted The Reliving News For Ola

Priyank Kharge, Karnataka’s minister for social welfare, tweeted saying that Ola “will run their business as usual”.

“@Olacabs will run their business as usual from today. However there is an urgent need for policies to catch-up with new technologies & also industries too should work closer with Govt to help evolve policies for innovations,” Kharge wrote.

Kharge’s response came after several people took to Twitter questioning the ban and raised concerns regarding the livelihoods of the drivers who use the platform.

In a separate tweet, hours after the ban was put in effect, Kharge had responded to a tweet questioning the ban and had said that he was talking to the chief minister and that he would have it “resolved by tomorrow” and had said, “Our Govt will maintain a healthy balance between investors, industries, consumers & welfare within the ambit of law.”

The ban order from the Transport Department, dated March 18, was issued to Ola operator ANI technologies on Friday, stating that its licence in Bengaluru was being cancelled for six months for violating conditions under which the permission was granted.

The order was issued for violating the Karnataka On-Demand Transportation Technology Aggregators Rules, 2016. It further said that the transport department had impounded several of Ola’s bike taxis over the last few months.

Ola Cabs Say They Have Been Working Closely With The Govt On This Issue

“Ola is a law-abiding company that has always worked with the Government to develop livelihoods, improve mobility, and enable a new technology industry. We are evaluating all options to find an amicable solution wherein hundreds of thousands of driver-partners in the state of Karnataka can continue to work and serve the mobility needs of our citizens.

“We have been closely working with the authorities on this topic, responding to queries and making proactive representations to the ministry. Despite other companies continuing to operate illegally, Ola halted our bike taxi experiment weeks ago, instead of seeking the state’s cooperation to develop a legal framework for a pilot that will continue to take advantage of emerging opportunities in the mobility economy.

“This notification is unfortunate, and we look forward to an opportunity to address these concerns directly with state officials to find a solution for our driver-partners and millions of Ola users in Karnataka.”

(Inputs from HT)

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