Pune RTO Asks Cyber Police To Shutdown Bike Sharing Apps For Passenger Transport

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Sumit Singh

Pune, 11th January 2021: Apps designed to illegally use two-wheelers for passenger transport should be shut down immediately, the regional transport office (RTO) has ordered.

A meeting in this regard was held with passenger transport companies Uber and Amigo by Zoomcar who have sought some time to comply with the order.

Maharashtra Rickshaw Sena president Dr Keshav Nana Kshirsagar had written a letter to the transport department and staged an agitation in front of the District Collector’s Office against the illegal use of two-wheelers for passenger transport. The transport department had given a letter to the cyber police in this regard.

Uber, Amigo by Zoomcar, Rapido and Ola have been using two-wheelers (bikes) for passenger transport. These companies did not seek permission to use two-wheelers for commercial purposes. The transport department has not issued any such license. Private companies are carrying out illegal passenger transport business through two-wheelers by taking bookings on their apps, officials said.

The regional transport office has sent a letter to the cyber police asking them to immediately shut down the illegal website and app service and take appropriate legal action against them.

Taking note of this letter, Assistant Commissioner of Police Vijay Palsule had organized a meeting with these companies. Deputy Regional Transport Officer Sanjay Sasane, Assistant Regional Transport Officer Yuvraj Patil, Pawan Nawale, Motor Vehicle Inspector Wadekar and representatives of Uber and Amigo by Zoomcar were present. Representatives of other companies did not attend the meeting.

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