MUMBAI, June 22: Maharashtra government will soon announce a
policy to regulate app-based cab services like Ola and Uber, and restrict their
operations in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region besides providing them with fare
"The new policy, that is awaiting final approval of Chief Minister
Devendra Fadnavis, entails regulating the fares of these online cab service
providers," state Minister for Public Transport Diwakar Raote said.
Replying to queries from the media on yesterday's strike by Mumbai's traditional
yellow and black taxis (who were protesting the rates charged by cab
aggregators), he said that app-based taxi services will be provided with fare
Raote said app-based taxi operators like Ola and Uber will be allowed to
operate only within the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).
In view of rising popularity of ride-sharing firms, Raote said the regular
yellow and black taxis should improve the quality of their services and may
launch their own mobile applications.
Commenting on college-going students driving two wheelers, Raote said the
government plans to allow teenagers in the age group of 16 to 18 years to drive
gear-less two wheelers.
"Parents of these teenagers are at fault for allowing their children to
drive two wheelers," he said.
Raote said if teenagers were found guilty of rash driving, action will be taken
against their parents.
The state government intends to bring a law to deal with traffic violations and
it will cover provisions that have been left out of the purview of the central
Act, he stated.
"The amendment Bill will be introduced during the Monsoon Session of the
state legislature beginning next month," he said.
Henceforth, while approving tenders for new state highways, the government will
incorporate provisions for installation of integrated traffic management
systems like CCTVs to detect rash driving, drunken driving, speeding, lane
cutting and other traffic violations, the minister said.
"After the June 6 tragic accident on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway that
killed 17 people, the RTO monitored vehicular movement on the motorway and also
on busy roads in Pune and Mumbai between June 9 and June 17.
"During the surprise checking in Pune and Thane, 2,168 vehicles were found
violating traffic rules and a fine of Rs 3.78 lakh was recovered," he
Raote disclosed that RTO flying squad vehicles fitted with CCTVs were deployed
on the expressway and during checking between June 16 and June 21, action was
taken against 1,165 vehicles for lane cutting and violating speed limits.