Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that the Delhi government will take “strict action” against Ola and Uber after the cab-hailing companies allegedly hiked their rates by at least three times during the odd-even rationing scheme.
Taking a note of many complaints over taxi drivers and online taxi booking apps over-charging the commuters, Kejriwal said in a tweet:
Strict action, incl permit cancellation n impounding vehicle, to be taken against taxis which charge rates more than govt prescribed rates
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 18, 2016
— Rupashree Nanda (@rupashreenanda) April 18, 2016
Commuters said they were paying “astronomical rates” for cabs because of surge pricing.
“I take Uber everyday from my home in Janakpuri to my office in Connaught Place. The surge was five times the usual rate. I had no option but to pay Rs 8,00,” a commuter told a media house.
In wake of overcharging, the Delhi government has released new notified rates for NCT and Delhi.
The new notified rates are Rs 12.50 per km for Economy Radio Taxis and Rs 14 per km and Rs 16.00 per km for non-AC & AC Black & Yellow Taxis respectively.
The notified fare of Radio Taxi cabs (distinguished by an LCD board on roof top displaying “Radio Taxi”) is Rs 23.00 per km. Also, additional night charges (25 per cent of the fare) are applicable during 11 PM to 5 PM.
To report such errant practice, a complainant can register the complaint on (011-42 400 400) by presenting the copy of the bill and taxi number.
In an open letter to Kejriwal, Shiv Ganesh-a common man- wrote, ” Arvind Kejriwal sir, common man like me don’t know much but what we do know is that we are being looted. While violating the odd-even rule will cost us Rs 2000 fine, taking taxi will burn holes due their sky-rocketing charges.”
The first phase of the scheme ran from January 1 to 15. The second phase will run from April 15 to 30, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. except on Sundays.
The scheme is not applicable to vehicles using compressed natural gas, two-wheelers, women motorists and several categories of VIPs.