On 25 July, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said the government was working on a bill to bring cab aggregators like Ola and Uber under greater regulatory supervision, which can be soon brought before the Union Cabinet.
During the Question Hour in Rajya Sabha, the Minister for Road, Transport and Highways said there is not much regulatory control over taxi aggregators like Ola and Uber under the present provisions of the "outdated" Motor Vehicles Act.
He said the issue falls in the concurrent list and the Centre has worked with the state governments to resolve all issues regarding the pending legislation. Gadkari also said the new proposed legislation would have various provisions including verification of drivers, installation of GPS and other issues.
As he responded to members' questions, Gadkari gave more details suggesting that the proposed Bill may categorise services of taxis upto 1200 cc differently, as compared to luxury vehicles like Mercedes that ply as taxis. Gadkari also told the House that he had sought a report from a committee headed by secretary of his ministry in a month's time. This committee will recommend guidelines to the states for regulating the taxi aggregators and taxis to help citizens, he said.
He also said that there were 5 lakh accidents every year in which 1.5 lakh deaths occur. "It is important to reform this," he said, adding that the government has extensively looked at the Motor Vehicle Acts of US, Japan, Singapore and UK, among others, for bringing the new Bill.
"The present Act is outdated. With its provisions, we are finding it difficult even to curb corruption," Gadkari said, adding that there will be many improvements in the public transport system as "an intelligent transport system" will be ushered in.
"There will be no need for police. Traffic violators, even if they are important people, will be sent tickets directly to their addresses," he told the House.
Gadkari said that a 'fast track card' was also being planned and its users would not need to stop at toll stations as the card itself will carry the entire details of the user. He suggested that MPs could also be provided these cards. Gadkari also mentioned that the government was planning to construct a Metrino project from Delhi's Dhaula Kuan to Manesar in Gurgaon.
The minister said that while a metro project cost Rs 350 crore per kilometre to be built, the Metrino project would cost around Rs 50 crore per kilometre.--PTI