Bengaluru: A day after the transport authority told taxi aggregators Ola and Uber to ban their carpooling service BJP MP Tejaswi Surya said that Congress JD(S) government is banning carpooling instead of encouraging it.
Taking to twitter he said ” In a city which chokes with traffic jams every day, Cong-JDS government is banning carpooling instead of encouraging it! Laws must catch up with the technological disruption. Please don’t ban a service just because your vintage Act didn’t contemplate it ”
Imposing a ban on carpooling the transport authority on Friday, June 28 told taxi aggregators Ola and Uber to comply with the rule immediately.
Addressing presspersons after a meeting called to address the concerns of drivers working with the aggregators, Transport Commissioner VP Ikkeri said that action would be taken against the firms that facilitate carpooling as and when such violations are brought to the notice of the officials.
He further added that Ola and Uber have to follow the license rules and any additional feature should be introduced only after getting the backing of the law.
Ola Share and UberPOOL, the ride-sharing features from the two aggregators, enjoy popularity among commuters and have been hailed as practical solutions to traffic congestion. The transport authority’s previous attempt to ban the carpooling feature in 2017 saw opposition from transport experts.