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Crackdown on illegal taxi services begins in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: In the wake of Uber Cab tragedy in New Delhi, the police has initiated a major drive to cross check the cab services in cities of Hyderabad, Secunderabad and Cyberabad. After imposing a ban on Uber Cab services in these cities on Tuesday evening, the Telangana Road Transport Authority has hit the road on Wednesday morning to confiscated the cab vehicles. Here the police and RTA officers are seen chekcing the papers of the cab vehicles at Gachibouli cross road on Wednesday. Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury, December 10, 2014

Hyderabad: In the wake of Uber Cab tragedy in New Delhi, the police has initiated a major drive to cross check the cab services in cities of Hyderabad, Secunderabad and Cyberabad. After imposing a ban on Uber Cab services in these cities on Tuesday evening, the Telangana Road Transport Authority has hit the road on Wednesday morning to confiscated the cab vehicles. Here the police and RTA officers are seen chekcing the papers of the cab vehicles at Gachibouli cross road on Wednesday. Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury, December 10, 2014   | Photo Credit: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury

The Telangana Transport Department on Wednesday started a crackdown on taxi/cab services operating "illegally" in Hyderabad and Cyberabad Police Commissionerate limits in the wake of a woman being allegedly raped by an Uber cab driver in Delhi.

"A thorough verification process is underway to check documents (proper licenses/permits) of cabs/taxis, if they are running their services as per rules and if they have registered with Transport Department or not," Hyderabad Joint Transport Commissioner T Raghunath said.

So, far 35 cases have been registered and seven vehicles have been seized during the drive launched in Hyderabad and Cyberabad Police Commissionerate limits in association with police, the senior Transport official said.

In the light of Delhi incident, all the enforcement staff of the Transport Department were directed to check the "unauthorised" practices of the private operators, including Uber, the official said, adding "we are screening the cabs/taxis drivers on whether they are operating legally or not. We are also checking if the cabs/taxis are putting up the illuminated display board on such vehicles."

"Teams have been pressed into action to check if the travel companies are complying rules."

Over 500 travel companies have registered with Transport Department in Hyderabad and they are operating 25,000 cabs/taxis in Hyderabad and 20,000 in neighbouring Ranga Reddy district (covered by Cyberabad Police Commissionerate), he said.

"The enforcement will continue and we will focus on all kinds of private carriers, including buses and autos," Mr. Raghunath added.

The Telangana Transport Department has already announced that no permission was granted to Uber taxi services to operate in the state, he said. People, including cab owners and drivers, were advised not to be associated with Uber company in any form.

Citing a message from the Centre, the Telangana Transport Department said a criminal case has been reported against the permit holder of a vehicle associated with Uber company.

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