Bombay HC Directs Cab Aggregators To Apply For License Under Guidelines Framed By Centre


According to the latest reports, on Monday, March 7, the Bombay High Court told cab aggregators to apply for a licence to ply cabs under the Motor Vehicles Aggregators Guidelines, 2020 framed by the Union government by March 16.

Based on accounts, the court then asked the state authorities to decide upon the application within 15 days from the date of receipt. It has been reported that the Bench elaborated on how the Union’s rule will be enforced until the Maharashtra Regulation of Aggregator Rules, 2021, which is awaiting approval, comes into force.

The HC reportedly noted in the court that the Maharashtra government allowed aggregators to ply in the state without insisting on compliance with statuary regulations. This according to them is lawlessness.

However, given public interest, the judiciary did not restrain the aggregators from operating the cabs until the procedure of issuing the license is adhered to.

The court has asked the government to issue the notification by March 9 enabling all Regional Transport Authorities (RTAs) in the state as licencing authorities. The HC added that the Maharashtra Accidents Claims Tribunal (MACT) could operate as an appellate authority.

A division bench was hearing a PIL filed by city-based advocate, that raised grievances regarding the mechanism offered by an app-based cab aggregator.

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