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Bombay High Court directed cab aggregators to apply for a licence under the Centre's 2020 guidelines

The Bombay High Court ordered cab aggregators, including Uber India, to apply for cab driver licences by March 16 under the Union government's Motor Vehicles Aggregators Guidelines, 2020.

The court ordered the state authorities to rule on the application within 15 days of its receipt. The bench stated that the Centre's rules will be in effect until the Maharashtra Regulation of Aggregator Rules, 2021, which is currently being approved, take effect. "We are pained to note that, despite such amended versions of statutory provisions coming into force in 2019 and guidelines framed by the Centre in 2020," the high court wrote in its order, "the state government permitted aggregators to operate in Maharashtra without insisting on compliance with statutory regulations."

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