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Draft Plan For App-Based Cabs, Delivery Providers Gets Delhi LG’s Nod

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New Delhi: Delhi is preparing to implement a new motor vehicle policy that aims to regulate cab aggregators like Uber and Ola, along with food delivery services by Zomato and Swiggy. Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena has given the green light to the plan, which Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot confirmed will be officially announced tonight, following approval from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

This policy sets a deadline of 2030 for app-based cabs in the city to transition entirely to electric vehicles. Bike taxis will only be allowed if they are electric and will fall under the policy’s jurisdiction if operated by providers with a fleet of over 25 vehicles.

Key aspects of the policy include various requirements for cab aggregators, such as cooperation with authorities in case of incidents, ensuring driver partners possess all necessary documents, maintaining fare transparency, and providing options for passengers to share their live location.

The policy emphasizes a zero-tolerance approach towards drug or alcohol use, stipulating strict actions for any violations. Although surge pricing is not explicitly addressed, fares for on-demand services must comply with orders from the Department of Transport, GNCTD.

For service providers using vehicles for deliveries, there are requirements like valid documents, parking arrangements, and a mandate to transition to an all-electric fleet by 2030. E-commerce entities like Amazon and Flipkart involved in mobility or delivery services must also adhere to this policy.

Penalties for violations are clearly outlined, with fines ranging from Rs 25,000 to Rs 1 lakh for operating vehicles without a valid license and penalties for delays in responding to complaints against drivers or vehicles.

All cab aggregators and service providers must obtain a license within 90 days of the policy’s notification.

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