No clarity on share ride taxi fares


State awaiting reply from central government on the legal status of share rides

Though the State government issued a notification revising fares for taxis based on the cost of the vehicle last week, no fares have been fixed for share rides, which are very popular among commuters.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Transport Commissioner B. Dayananda said, "There is no proposal before us to regulate fares for share rides. The aggregators have to operate share rides within the fare structure fixed by the government."

If the taxi aggregators starts charging as per the fares fixed by the government, share rides will turn expensive for passengers. At present, aggregators charge ₹6 to ₹7 per kilometre, but the new fare structure could force passengers to pay a minimum of ₹11 per kilomtre and a maximum of ₹24.

The commissioner also stated that the department is awaiting a reply from the central government on the legal status of share rides.

Action against emission testing centres

After receiving complaints about emission centres issuing faulty Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificates, the department has issued show cause notices to 84 centres in the State for violating norms. Security deposits worth ₹5.99 lakh made by 63 centres have been forfeited for various lapses as penalty. The department has withdrawn licences of two centres for gross violations.

Mr. Dayananda said the department, after withdrawing the online networking management of emission testing centres from KEONICS, has been managing on its own since December 2016.

The State has 882 testing centres out of which 512 are located in Bengaluru.

The RTOs in the city have taken action against 41,639 vehicle-owners for causing air pollution and collected a penalty of ₹96.73 lakh from April-November 2017. In the same period, cases were booked against 22,365 vehicle-owners for causing noise pollution and ₹39.69 lakh was collected as penalty.

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