The Karnataka Transport Department has taken a decision that might cause even more inconvenience to people in Bengaluru who are already facing the problem of traffic chocked roads.
The department has told Ola and Uber that carpooling is illegal and they must stop this service.
It should be noted that carpooling is one of the most popular services offered by the app-based cab aggregators. Individual riders can share the fare and the ride with other riders thus saving money.
But Karnataka Transport Commissioner MK Aiyappa said that it is illegal for cabs to pick up from and drop passengers at multiple locations before closing each trip.
Citing rules of stage carriage permit, the department says that only Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corp has the right to pick-up and drop-off passengers along a particular route.
“Ride-sharing is not possible because they have contract carriage permit, which is for point-to-point drops and not picking up customers in between,” Aiyappa said.
The way out, as Aiyappa says, is the government issuing an order allowing cab aggregators to continue carpooling.
Carpooling is one of the best ways to tackle air pollution and save money. Sharing rides means less number of motor vehicles on the road, which helps in reducing vehicular emissions. At the same time more than one passenger in a ride helps share the operating cost between the passengers thereby significantly lowering the fare each passenger pays.