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Ola gets license to operate

Taxi aggregator Ola became the first of five companies which had applied for licenses under the State's taxi aggregator rules to be issued a license, on Tuesday.

The company had submitted all relevant documents for 100 cabs, the minimum required under the Karnataka on-demand Transportation Technology Aggregators Rules, which came into effect earlier in April this year.

Other applicants, including Uber, are yet to get a license to operate under these rules, which make the installation of fare meters and panic buttons mandatory among other conditions.

Uber has challenged these rules in the Karnataka High Court and the case is currently being heard. Both aggregators have stopped surge pricing temporarily till the court rules on the validity of the aggregator rules.

Transport Commissioner Ramegowda confirmed that the license had been issued on Tuesday. "The license has been issued," he said adding that only the 100 taxis, which were presented to the Regional Transport Office (RTO) for verification were covered by the license for now.


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