5-year-old court order saves Ola and Uber in Karnataka

Ola’s licence expired in June, Uber’s expired last month. Both have applied for renewal of their permits but transport dept didn’t processed their applications, because the companies violated some of the rules and didn’t follow procedure when filing their renewal applications.

But because of the 2016 order, the govt said it cannot act against the two firms. “The high court has directed the govt not to take coercive action against cab aggregators. Their writ appeal challenging the aggregator rules is still pending,” Rajendra Kumar Kataria, principal secretary, transport department, “The regulations require an aggregator to apply for renewal of licence 60 days before its expiry. But both operators have not complied with this,” L. Hemantha Kumar, additional commissioner, transport department, told ET last week.

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